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Old 05-07-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Is this hardware compatible 3.2 kernel?

Having heard plenty of FUD that linux doesnt support any hardware, i need to know how true this really is. From the 2 machines I tried to install on (one of them now working full time) there were no issues (except installing wifi firmware for debian, but that is normal), even standby worked OTB. So my question is how compatible will these be?

CPU- fx 6300 (does the 3.2 kernel support this cpu? 3.2 kernel was released in 2012 but i cant find any info on how well this cpu is supported, if it is even an issue)

RAM 8gb crucial CT2KIT51264BA160B , pretty standard really should experience any problems

MOBO ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 (will use wired web connection, as long as all the ports work good enough).

on the phoronix site they tested the new FX chips with 3.5 kernel, how well does it run on 4.2

GPU nvidia gtx 650
Has anybody had experience with the fx line of cpu's?
what motherboards did you pair them with (i am not planning to OC much, maybe to 3.8-4ghz).

Old 05-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Here are 6 different distros that have been tested on that CPU:
and the mobo

CPU compatibility is not usually an issue on Linux. Printers that need software drivers can be a problem, and some wireless where a lot is done in the driver.
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Thank you! I wasn't aware of that website's existence.

My wifi is an aetheros chip so it is supported from 2.6 kernel onwards.
My printer (hp) also works so that isnt an issue.
On the links you provided they mention debian testing, do they mean debian 7 (which is now stable) ? Also, if the mobo is listed does it mean has passed some basic tests for functionality?

Am i correct in assuming that if hardware works in kernel X for distro Y, does it mean there is a good chance it will work with all other distros (of course things like GPU's and NIC's can be special cases requiring specific drivers that arent always included)?

Thanks for the quick response !
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Linux has great support for new processors & also your graphics card, so you shouldn't have any problems with upto-date distros.Debian wheezy is fine although you can do testing if you prefer.


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