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Vista Share Drops for the First Time In Two Years

Grim Grepper Re:Microsoft's done itself a lot of damage lately (332 comments)

This comment makes it sound to me like you never used PCs before the mid-90s. Before PnP, you had to set jumpers on your ISA/EISA cards. Then you had to manually configure all the I/O base addresses, IRQs, DMA channels, etc. for the hardware in your system, based on what each device was capable of using, and you had to make sure devices didn't conflict with each other.

So no, PnP is not a marketing buzzword at all. It was a completely new way of setting up hardware, and having it detected and configured automatically.

Having to install drivers has nothing to do with whether or not something is PnP. All hardware needs drivers, whether they are built into the kernel, shipped with the OS, on a disc, or online. This applies to Windows as well as Linux.

more than 4 years ago
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New Apple Bootcamp Released

Grim Grepper Re:Boot Camp for Linux? Others? (106 comments)

Boot camp is nothing more than a set of Windows drivers. The BIOS emulation layer, which allows other operating systems to boot, is part of a firmware update. Newer machines like the Mac Pro most likely come from the factory with this firmware. So your ability to run Linux or other operating systems will depend on the drivers available for them.

more than 7 years ago

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