Originally Posted by Sannakji
Yes but stuff still doesn't work out of the box. It requires far too much tinkering. From printers to proper GPU drivers... too much of a pain for me unfortunately.
This is a phone from the company that provides the OS. They are not going to chose hardware that doesn't work, and supported models will work out of the box, as they already do for the few phones that support Ubuntu Touch / Ubuntu.
As to printers, you really can't go wrong with HP printers in Linux. Most of their models are supported, though that's not to say it's the only manufacturer. But a lot of printers are supported and I personally haven't had many issues with an assortment of them that I've worked with in the last 2 years. If this was 2005, then I would agree, but it isn't.
And to GPU drivers ( again, this is a phone, but for sakes argument ), it has always always always been recommended by just about every Linux user out there to go with Nvidia. They work and are rather solid. AMD/ATI has always
been a problem child for Linux and that is no secret. Intel also always generally works, though performance obviously never really compared to discrete cards until more recently.
But again, a company isn't going to choose hardware that doesn't work for their own in house OS. That would be like Google releasing the Nexus with Android but were sure to choose the 1 antenna didn't work with Android. It just isn't going to happen, really, think about it.
And it really doesn't involve any more tinkering than Windows....
Install GPU drivers -> Restart
Install CUPS -> open the GUI program -> Search for printers -> Select -> Print
I would wager less, you don't have to worry about going to a website to find the driver, then search for the proper model, then search for the proper version of windows, then search for the proper architecture and make sure all those things match. Instead, you open the software manager, type in what you're looking for and install. Don't have to worry about versions or architectures or anything. Aside from that a LOT of drivers are built directly into the kernel itself.Edited by Shrak - 8/18/13 at 6:44pm