On Thu, 21 Jun 2007, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Such as: Updating machine BIOS, and other firmware.
- FreeDOS. Indeed, didn't/doesn't one PC vendor even use FreeDOS to
distribute bootable update floppy disk images?
- You can also update many eeproms from Linux (ask Padraig Brady).
- Some vendors even provide tools for Linux, such as Dell.
- Some vendors put 'system partitions' on their machines (Compaq,
Dell), with a small bootable OS and various diagnostic and update
tools. (It's usually DOS and/or Win3.1, but it could be any OS -
the point is your machine has an OS-=independent, vendor-supported way to
update ROMs that doesnt need more than a few tens of MB of disk
- Write your own firmware update. Ask the vendor for the procedure
and write a utility for your own OS.
I'm sorry, but you're just making (rather poor) excuses.
> Testing if problem is in software or hardware, eg Skype works under
> Windows XP for me, but not under Fedora-7. If I didn't test it
> under Windows, I'd have no idea where the problem lay.
I dont know how to answer that one.
>> That all non-windows users must keep a windows partition around?
>> Yes, unless you are a masochist.
>>> That non-windows users can not use all of their hardware?
>> No. What is the connection with the previous question?
> Or are you saying you can't spare any of your precious hard disk?
A (modern) windows install costs at least 1GB, doesn't it? That's
more than 1% of many laptop disks, mine anyway, that could not be
> As I pointed out, if there _is_ a CD there may well be a question
> on it which you have to answer in order to register with your ISP,
> eg giving the password they gave you.
That'd be mad. I don't know of ISPs who do that.
>> The desire that it continue to remain possible to have a choice in
>> what OS to run is not zealotry.
>> Surely you are the person who is trying to stop people having a choice ...
How exactly???? You're the one arguing that a windows-only ISP would
be a perfectly fine thing.
Such ISPs are quite rare today, thankfully. So I really can't
understand why you'd argue it would be acceptable (especially on this
forum) for that to change.
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