Sometimes when installing a Linux distro things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes there may be something like a printer that hasn’t been given driver support yet, or maybe the newest hardware like a new graphics card or something and you need to find something that is supported.
Well your in luck then, LinuxHCL is a nice big list with everything supported. They even went to the trouble of splitting them into different categories.
Awesome, cheers dude!
This will come in handy when upgrading my systems.
I find list like these handy as a reference but not to be taken on their own merit … thingss change pretty quickly so they’re pretty much always out of date … only contain hardware you can no longer get and may not even be supported any more, or which is broken in the kernel.
They are a starting point … but still use google for other peoples experiences on your distro of choice
To be honest I have rarely come across any major problems getting hardware to work in Linux, nothing that has a been a show stopper.
My current keyboard has some multimedia keys which I haven’t even tried to get working in Arch, but I never use them anyway.
The only problem I had which caused some annoyance was the sound on my new laptop when i was running Fedora 14. At startup I had to run a command to enable the sound. I used a script on start up to do this because I kept forgetting. I have since changed distros a couple of times I haven’t had any other problems.
As Mark says you can use these lists as a guide but you will be able to find help with any problems online.
I’d agree, 95% of stuff will “just work”, another 4% can be made to work, and a small amount won’t … but that’s no different to Windows, and obviously better than Mac
The only problem with these lists are they tend to be used by people looking for peripheral support before they purchase (wifi cards and the like) … most peripherals have short manufacturing runs, so are probably no longer available by the time tehy appear on these lists :o
They can be handy for second hand equipment … but even then, just because something WAS supported doesn’t mean it still IS … things get dropped, and things get broken in newer kernels and may not get fixed.
They are NOT a guarantee of support … that was my point … good starting point but don’t take them as gospel.