Visit the LQ Articles and Editorials section
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 06-07-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2010
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Cool Hardware compatible with one or more linux distros. Will it work on all other distros

The company says its hardware works with several linux distros but not the one I am using. Does this mean it might not work with the one I am using? Or does working with one distro mean it will work with all others? Will I have to do some tinkering to get it to work with my distro or it will be straightforward?

Last edited by necromancer44; 06-07-2010 at 04:34 PM. Reason: added it
Old 06-07-2010, 04:37 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Louisville, OH
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, Slackware, RHEL, Gentoo
Posts: 1,833

Rep: Reputation: 164Reputation: 164
It depends. Generally hardware will work on any distribution, likely the vendor you're talking to has only packaged it for deb or rpm based systems or alternately only supports its use on x y z distribution. If you download the packages with the drivers you need and install them as required the hardware will work on pretty much any distribution that has support for the architecture.
Old 06-07-2010, 06:28 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Bonaire
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
Posts: 4,487

Rep: Reputation: 627Reputation: 627Reputation: 627Reputation: 627Reputation: 627Reputation: 627
Sigh... SIGH

It would help if you stated which hardware, which distro you have in mind, which distro is said to be supported and how old that hardware is.

In general, hardware is said to be supported in RH, Suse and *buntu because it is tested with those distros. No serious manufacturer will state the fitness if he hasn't tested the distro he mentiones. If the hardware is older than 18 months your distro supports it as well.

Additionally you can google for it to see if other users had succes with this hardware.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Could my hardware be compatible with other distros if it is incompatible with many? wersdaluv Linux - Distributions 2 03-11-2007 07:33 PM
linux distros compatible with macintel machines? greggc15 Linux - Newbie 3 01-10-2007 05:47 PM
why linux distros are not compatible together? lo900 Linux - General 11 11-04-2006 03:20 PM
LXer: Linux distros for older hardware LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 02-25-2006 01:01 AM
any compatible distros???? chaos_dragon Linux - Newbie 3 10-24-2004 12:52 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:40 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration