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The free Windows application Speccy returns very useful information about the hardware + software installed on a computer.
Before installing Linux as double-boot, I was wondering if there were an up-to-date Linux hardware database so that I could tell users to run Speccy, and then somehow check against that database to make sure their hardware is supported, so that I don't waste time trying to install Linux on unsupported hardware?
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As far as hardware is concerned, the days of wondering if it works are largely gone. Even wireless cards have been tamed.
Printers and scanners can be a problem. The on-line lists of what's supported are always very out-of-date, since new products are so common. The best bet is a quick internet search, like "linux canon pixma ip3600", to see if there are any tales of woe or reports of satisfaction.
If users dont put the hardware up on the HCL, of course you wont find it. Have you put it up yourself since it wasnt listed?
I meant that it's too bad big companies with full-time employees like Ubuntu or RedHat don't contribute to that database, possibly by having some application automatically send hardware infos anonymously after a user has successfully gotten Linux to run.
The goal was to check if there were an authoritative, up-to-date, single source of information to make it easy for users to check whether their hardware would work with Linux, without having to perform that work manually through Google.