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I shake my head at this Windows foolishness!

Frank Cohen's Blog

PushToTest is setting up a new test lab to check builds of TestMaker. We bought Toshiba Satellite (A216) laptops for the lab. We tried installing Windows XP over the pre-installed Windows Vista. Toshiba does not provide XP device drivers for the laptop and they actively discouraged me in doing so in a support call.

In the end I found no way to get the network adaptor to function under Windows XP and had to reinstall Vista.

This made me wonder how much work is involved in producing XP drivers for a laptop?

I installed Ubuntu on the Toshiba laptop. Ubuntu installed in 15 minutes - 49 for Windows XP and 125 for Windows Vista. Ubuntu's desktop came right up. I opened the pre-installed Firefox browser and found I could browse the Web immediately. Ubuntu installed a network adaptor for the Toshiba laptop.

I shake my head at this Windows foolishness!

-Frank

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Frank Cohen is the leading authority for testing and optimizing software developed with service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web service designs. He is CEO and Founder of PushToTest and inventor of TestMaker, the open source SOA test automation tool, that helps software developers, QA technicians, and IT managers understand and optimize the scalability, performance, and reliability of their systems.

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Anon 11/22/07 01:06:38 AM EST

I shake my head at this journalistic foolishness

Kaziarl 11/12/07 09:22:13 PM EST

I had a similar problem with my Toshiba Satalite A135. But I couldn't get the wireless card to work. Any advice?

Anonymous 11/12/07 01:25:29 PM EST

How old was this laptop? What version of Ubuntu did you install?

Ubuntu News Desk 11/10/07 10:02:39 AM EST

I shake my head at this Windows foolishness!