Most people who claim that Windows “just works” are people who have bought a PC in a store or online from a retailer like Dell.You never had to install Windows, search for drivers for Windows, or do anything at all to configure it. Windows is easy and it works because the OEM has made sure that everything is set up before it shipped the computer.
Believe me, Windows doesn’t always work only when you reinstall it from scratch.It’s gotten better over the years, but even today you’ll find hardware devices that either require drivers or have a non-optimal driver installed by default. But most people who think it “just works” because they got it with their shiny new prefabricated, never see this side of things. About 99 percent of the time, Windows is very easy for a knowledgeable user to set up and configure from scratch – but more knowledge is needed than taking your PC out of the FedEx box and connecting everything.
And guess what?If you set up a Linux computer from scratch, make everything work properly, and pass it to an end user, it works. I know. I built one four years ago and presented it to a friend of mine on her 64th birthday. The only thing she knew about Linux before was that “it’s what Red Hat does.” It still sits on her desk and continues to do well to this day. The only thing I had to show her was how to get her updates. (And yes, I know that Windows 10 does this automatically. At least my friend’s Linux Mint PC isn’t overloaded by bad Windows updates every two months.)
I’m just on my desktop computer and this computer isn’t exactly the ideal PC for automatic configuration.It is an Athlon X4 870K CPU – a 15-hour steamroller APU with disabled onboard graphics – that runs on an ASUS A88X-PRO motherboard, an “enthusiast class” board that is designed for a budget platform for some reason Was. And I put some old hardware in it:
A Viewsonic VG2030wm monitor from 2008;
A pcHDTV HD-5500 TV card (Linux only) and a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card from 2010;
An HP LaserJet 4P printer from 1996 running a PCI Express card with a parallel port (yes, that’s one thing…).
An IBM Model M keyboard from 1994;
And a few other weird parts, such as a Behringer UCA222 DAC and a Lepai HD-2020A + amplifier that makes two Realistic Minimus 7 speakers sound.
If you are trying to install an operating system on this Hodgepodge, you would not expect it to “just work”.(If you’re wondering why I’m doing this, it’s partly just the devil and partly because the LaserJet, the Model M and these Minimus speakers work better than all the alternatives I’ve found, and I prefer using a 16:10 screen. In addition, the printer has become a life-changing event for me…)
Both Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 and PCLinuxOS 2018.10 Xfce Edition have detected all the hardware and installed it immediately, except for the pcHDTV card, because the drivers are not in the repositories.But I found the drivers easy and had them built and installed in PCLOS. (I didn’t try it in Mint, but it would have worked the same way.) Linux detected the old HP printer, but needs to install it manually in Windows.
By the way, it doesn’t only work on Linux, it still works and works …
I had a notorious “memory gap” in the browser (10.2 gigs!), but the system itself was in place after 84 days (18.
January to April 12, 2019) perfectly stable when I shut it down to install new SSDs and a new drive new operating system.
Why doesn’t Linux just work like Windows?
Most likely because the person has never purchased and used a Linux system that is properly set up for end users with limited technical expertise and ready to use immediately.That’s what most users who call Windows “just working” have.