I wanted to buy a PS/2-receptacle-to-USB-plug adapter cable, just in case, on my then-new laptop, my keyboard or pointer should fail. I had PS/2 hardware lying around and buying an adapter was slightly cheaper than buying USB hardware. (Or maybe much cheaper: The new USB keyboards and optical mice I saw were Win- and Mac-specific and I'd need an Internet connection just to install, so I assume Microsoft would check my OS before installing. Maybe USB keyboards and mice not needing drivers are costly.)
Belkin sells (or did) a PS/2-receptacle-to-USB-plug adapter cable, but it's only for use with Windows or the Mac OS. I was startled. The store said I could use it with Linux but I didn't believe it. I bought a brand-X cable that didn't require any particular OS.
I hope there's no trend to requiring Win/Mac for more kinds of hardware. I don't want to need a Win-compatible bolt to close a case.
Post subject: Re: OS-specific cabling
Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:40 pm
Joined: Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:44 am Posts: 5753
I think they were just being conservative on the system requirements. If no drivers are required for a component than it is not OS dependent. Scott.
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