Thousands of users have signed a petition to try and pressurise manufacturers to make Linux compatible device drivers available alongside Microsoft Windows based ones.
They feel the shortage of such drivers is holding back adoption of the open source operating system on the desktop.
The petition organisers, which hope to drum up two million signatures, have so far amassed nearly 3,500, and believe that "Linux is hampered by a lack of drivers for some PC devices, notably printers."
The petition can be found on Linux desktop supplier, Libranet's, website, www.libranet.com.
When the target is reached, the petition will be presented to the major producers of PC devices, which will be asked to make specifications available to Linux developers, so they can include support in their applications.
The petition states: "We believe that Linux is not a second class operating system and that your focus on providing drives for the Microsoft operating system only is misguided and disregards the many millions of Linux users."
"We ask you to take notice of companies who recognise the Linux community and who provide versions of their programs for both Microsoft and Linux," it continues, finishing with the carrot, "providing drivers and/or specifications will enhance your own sales effort."
Peter Lemon, an analyst for IDC, said: "It is an issue for Linux on the desktop, but everything tends to follow volume in the market. If there were more Linux applications, it would be worth the manufacturers' while to write APIs for peripherals to address the Linux operating system. Volume is dominated by Microsoft."
But Minolta is one company ready to embrace Linux and this week announced it was working with Linux distributor Suse on fully supporting Linux printers.
The company said: "Linux users can now enjoy high-quality output from the Minolta Pagepro 8, 18 and 25 printers. The usability advantage of Linux is naturally dependent on compatible output devices so that documents generated within the system can be printed for external recipients."
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