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1996 - present .. Slack -> debian -> RH -> fedora -> corelinux with blfs packages -> oh fsck it, 2003 - 2007 LFS dev version + BLFS -> ubuntu / ubuntu server (current) tried mandrake and suse, didn't like same for gentoo currently, vm system running 12.04lts server + 7 vbox vms also running 12.04lts server. Have 12.04lts installed on my desktop and laptop (dual boot systems), but rarely boot because unity just pisses me off .. lol
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MoBo Manufacturer Foxconn Refuses To Support Linux 696

Noodlenose notes a thread up on the Ubuntu forums, where a user is questioning the practices of hardware manufacturer Foxconn. The user describes how his new Foxconn motherboard caused his Linux install to freeze and fire off weird kernel errors. He disassembles the BIOS and concludes that a faulty DSDT table is responsible for the errors. Even though the user makes Foxconn aware of the problem, they refuse to correct it, as 'it doesn't support Linux' and is only 'Microsoft certified.' The user speculates darkly on Foxconn's motives. Read the forum, read the code, and come to your own conclusions. "I disassembled my BIOS to have a look around, and while I won't post the results here, I'll tell you what I did find. They have several different tables, a group for Windows XP and Vista, a group for 2000, a group for NT, Me, 95, 98, etc. that just errors out, and one for LINUX. The one for Linux points to a badly written table that does not correspond to the board's ACPI implementation.' The worst part is Foxconn's insistence that the product is ACPI compliant because their tables passed to Windows work, and that Microsoft gave the the magic WHQL certification."

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