PnP so good in Linux these days
Have you noticed how good Plug 'n' Play is with devices in Linux these days?
I tried a few distros on a spare machine the other day and they all recognised some fairly random hardware including USB sound cards (2 different ones). I was so impressed - the live CDs gave me full graphical and sonic experiences - dual network cards recognised and running and probably the strangest thing - USB 3G dongle - plug it in, it connects in a few seconds without any software being installed. On Windows, it takes 5 minutes to install this huge slow applications which drops the connection every 10 minutes. I found that after 1 working day, the Windows .exe for the dongle was using 1.2 GB of RAM! Linux treats it like it is just a piece of hardware and gives you a solid connection all day long. This is just bizarre because the dongle was designed for Windows and has no specific Linux drivers apparently!
Amazing stuff, but Linux just gets better at such a speed that looking back, Windows and OSX are looking seriously out of touch with the needs of technology users!