I thing Linux is an operating system on which you are able to run any software deveopped for it. I'm an I.T. pro and have developped mainly into the IBM mainframes era as system programmer.
I used to use Linux as my main PC system since 1993 when I worked very hard during two weeks to be able to print graphically on my deskjet 510 hp printer, at that time I used a distribution called "infomagic Linux" and, I had to buy a mitsubishi double speed CD reader which was the only CD drive recognized by the OS.
From that time, I always buyed my Linux distros in order to be able to obtain support for them and... I never really had to since I obtained help more quicky from the forums.
I suppose to have (very little) financially participated to the developpement of the drivers actually available for about any current hardwares etc...
If you don't want Linux to die, do it yourself since new OS like windows7 became as efficient and stable than Linux on the desktop!!
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