For many distros, the easiest way to verify new hardware support is to check the Hardware Compatibilty List on the comparies website. It lists the device that are supported in different versions of their product, and usually driver information as well. Otherwise you'll have to find out, from the hardware manufacturer or elsewhere, which drivers are used by the particular device and match against you kernel's modules.
Remember that just because a certain module isn't natively supported doesn't mean that you can't compile it and run it as a loadable external module.
Last edited by DMR; 02-19-2002 at 07:59 PM.