Few months ago I bought a new laptop with AMD HD 8750 Graphics card. One thing I didn’t realise when I bought the card was the issue of driver support. It seems like driver support for switchable graphics is yet to be implemented for Linux…so getting the card to work was kinda out the question. But I did have hope and I must say the design, hardware & everything about the notebook was beyond my expectations & the price point pretty much closed the deal for me.
Therefore 2-3 months after the purchase date, I kinda got desperate with waiting so I posted a thread in Sabayon forums about my driver issue:
There are some form of hacks / work arounds to solve the issue for older cards with switchable graphics, but nothing I did fixed my problem. What kept me going was the community, they supported me so much with advice and everything…especially people like anomaly65…I dunno how to describe him but what I can say is that he’s a wise, battle hardened linux user with decades worth of experience in the field & if there were more people like him out there today, then may be half the people in the IT industry wouldn’t be so technically illiterate.
The persistence & dedication with which someone like him voluntarily tried to help me just amused me; I mean he’s not someone whose getting paid for trying to help me…he’s doing it totally because he wants to, out of his own spare time….for the sake of improving the community & there’s a pretty good chance that he doesn’t even know who I am or where I’m from.
Just imagine, would you be able and willing to do the same? Trying to help a total stranger in need, technically? The fix he posted perhaps didn’t work for me but was pretty much helping thousands of people who were left in the dark by AMD. People in the linux world always manage to find a way to solve their problem. That’s the kind of mentality I like about the world of Linux & OSS, no wonder it’s the OS of choice for most hackers.
Before I got involved in the world of Linux (4-5 years back), I used to think about how people still use Linux and Open Source software in this day and age. I was really narrow minded back then & I really had no idea on how concepts like Open Source Software could function in the real world. I mean how and why would someone work on developing something that was free or what good would that be anyway compared to commercial, ready made software? The fact of the matter was, I was still caged like an animal in the world of Windows. I bought what Mr. Gates gave me, trusted his OS to be secure, fast, stable & everything in between. The world of windows clouded my vision, if something didn’t work I blamed the software, the vendors, the hardware. Never the operating system. Even when I had gotten the blue screen of death or when my computer got to a point that it was too slow to function, I blatantly reformatted my drive with a new “Windows install” and carried on. I thought perhaps this is the way of doings things & may be that’s how it’s supposed to be. I was so wrong!
There were some people who advised me to switch to Linux, but my situation and those of most other windows users was that of a blind person. There’s no point in giving directions to a blind person, if he can’t see or feel the path and walk on his own, no one can help him.
But I did finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and Linux forever changed how I perceived the world of computing. The world of Open Source finally started to make sense to me and I pretty much sought after & found a lot of the answers to my questions.
So, why wouldn’t I use Linux? BSD? Or Unix based systems? In fact a better question is – why shouldn’t you?
Look around you, they’re everywhere. From powering high tech new generation space technologies like SpaceX to Super Computers….or better yet your Android cell phone!
Everything these days runs the Linux kernel under the hood. We’re slowly adapting to it, whether we acknowledge it or not.
As for the space of personal computing, if you’re not ready to risk everything, leave everything behind…you’ll never be able to change your mentality or make it to the other side….you’ll be forever stuck in the boat of Mr. Steve or Mr. Gates.
Perhaps that is good if it works for you, but for me the Linux & Open Source community is everything I could possibly ask for.