Originally Posted by nekrosoft13
and hardware support, the scanner, Camera tethering and Canopus (green valley) HD capture card issues was about a year and half ago. Windows 7 was in late beta stages/early RC stages, when I tried linux most recently.
I did some googling and there is something called gPhoto2 that supports tethering on linux, but its still rather limited, it can shoot images from camera that is tethered to the PC. Some more advance functions/controls like bulb, shutter speed, aperture, highlight priorority, bracketing, white balance etc.... either can't be changed or don't function.
user interface, simplicity, "friendliness" is another aspect Linux still needs a lot of work on
Originally Posted by Sean_W
Nobody ever said Linux supports every device ever created but it has the best hardware support out of the box without needing extra drivers or third party ones.
If manufactures don't offer up specs and drivers for Linux, the devs have to write them themselves.
Right, a lot of Linux issues with drivers are similar to those with Vista. Some manufacturers refuse to release drivers for Vista for older products (e.g. older scanners and printers) making them obsolete. Similarly, some manufacturers don't release drivers for Linux.
However, some generic drivers do work exceptionally well.