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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers? 294

storkus writes: The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix about the difficulties of using Linux on a multitude of motherboards. My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? I'd like to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and 'other' high-end machine with one of the above chips, so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being Windows-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a lousy attitude (despite the Steam Linux distro being under development).
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

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  • by rev0lt ( 1950662 ) on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @01:12AM (#47804501)

    And you think with the low margins the manufacturers have these days, they can do without that share?

    Unfortunely, yes. No major motherboard manufacturer even cares about niche market. And the IC manufacturers, they don't really care, either.

    Also people using desktop Linux are typically in the higher income levels and can not only pay for quality

    Higher income buyers are buying trendy Apple, Andoid tablets and Microsoft laptops, not linux workstations.

    they can recognize it, unlike the sheep

    No, they just don't care about that. But you do get the smugness of the illusion that the manufacturer uses fairy dust instead of building it like everyone else.

    Wolves are always a minority.

    Now, you're just assuming stuff. I'd say wolves are quite the majority of animals in wolfpacks, and the major ingredient in wolf stoo.

    What you are also completely forgetting is that a lot of these will actually run as servers. You know, because Linux does well as server

    Who is using COTS desktop boards on servers? Traditionally, Intel desktop cpu lines do not support ECC memory. And you talk like there is no option for servers besides Linux.

    You know, because Linux does well as server, quite unlike Windows

    I assume you speak from experience. I'd blame it on the sysadmin, not the operating system.

    But you would not know or understand that.

    Get out of the basement sometimes. Try to vent out at least some of that frustration of yours.

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