View Full Version : Make manufacturers recognize Linux!

August 1st, 2007, 12:59 PM
I'm going to email a bunch of companies and ask about their Linux drivers, software support, etc. I am just one person, so it won't make much difference, but if others do the same maybe they will take notice.

August 1st, 2007, 01:29 PM
I think probably the most effective solution would be to try to make a web-name-list in this matter. The only problem is to mobilize the whole linux community to sign the list....

August 1st, 2007, 02:04 PM
Put it on the wiki, a list of companies their effective support rating (community) and then their official stance rating with some colour codes. come up with a good system and we can focus on the real black balls.

August 1st, 2007, 02:09 PM
The only way to affect things is to speak with your wallet. And that means software, hardware... everything. DO NOT BUY Adobe software, MS Office or any other popular software and run it on wine if you want a native version... your wallet is the only language companies understand. If you buy a logitech keyboard (I'm guilty) then don't expect change... you need to NOT buy it until they support linux. Same with creative, Nvidia and ATI, Broadcom... you get the idea. And tell your friends. I know I affect a lot of hardware purchases from friends and family, and even though its doesn't really affect them I try to point them towards vendors that are linux friendly out of principle.

EDIT: DR Mo, look at the hardware boycott list in the Cafe somewhere... I think that is roughly what you are looking for. Moving it to the wiki would be nice though.

August 1st, 2007, 02:48 PM
igknighted is right... we as somewhat experienced computer users may have a great influence in our friends on matters as what to buy and where to buy it so we might as well do the right thing and insist so they buy linux supported hardware which curiously is a better hardware on any OS