why does some hardware work in some os and not in ubuntu

Asked by ajmal_82

while i just read an article about pclinux os review,hardware works better than ubuntu he says.my question is if all the linux os share the same kernel(have same like 2.6.25) then why does some hardware work in that distro and not in ubuntu.he said pclinuxos 2008 vs ubuntu feisty fawn.i know its out dated comparision but still what makes its different in hardware detection of distros like fedora,ubuntu,pardus,parsix,pclinuxo,opensuse etc

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AFarris01 (afarris01) said :

im probably not the best person to answer this, but i believe i have a half-decent understanding of how this works:

the kernel of an OS is generally just the center of operations...that is, it allows for basic parsing of general commands that can be passed from the software. by default, the kernel will be able to recognize a lot of essential hardware, but i believe the difference comes from the different modules you load into the kernel.
these modules enhance the capabilities of the kernel, and,in the scope of this question, allow more advanced/extensive hardware recognition to take place. then, this is supplemented by well-written software that runs on top of the kernel, than can interpret the hardware detected by the kernel, and make better use of it than other programs.

i dont know if this is 100% correct, but i believe its at least in the same state...

hope thats helpful!

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Tyler Ashwood (tyler-ashwood) said :

simple its not compatible

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AFarris01 (afarris01) said :

I'm surprised this thread is still open... its been inactive for waaay more than 15 days.

i forgot to mention though, really good configuration scripts (like the ones written for knoppix) help :)

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