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Old 10-29-2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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Latest Hardware, And Current Linux Drivers, Which Brands Are Recommended?

Hi again, I am looking to get a new mother board, to attach to an old monitor, CRT. Which brands of hardware, such as the video card and ethernet, are best choices, that is supported by linux distros like the up and coming Fedora 10? And the current Mint, and Slackware, and Debian Etch, because of it's relative, ArtistX? Maybe Yellow Dog and others?

I will have a choice of hardware.

Looking at the lower end price and the AUD may buy better from Asian makes in the months ahead. Right now maybe I have more choice because of stock bought in the better time of the AUD.
Old 10-29-2008, 07:27 AM   #2
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If some piece of hardware works in one Linux distribution, it works in all of them (an exception would be a proprietary driver that is bundled with some specific distribution/version only, but I imagine that's not how it works in non-commercial distributions/versions, and I assume you mean non-commercial distributions here..); with some distributions there may be more work (like manually installing the required kernel module) than in others, but generally you shouldn't get into a situation where you need to choose your distribution based on what can work with your hardware. Mainstream distributions seem to offer easier out-of-the-box hardware compatibility if any do (for example Ubuntu's Restricted Drivers Manager versus installing nvidia/ati graphics drivers manually), but I guess if you were after exotic cases you wouldn't ask

Check out HCL, there you'll find (at least some) supported hardware things.
Old 10-29-2008, 07:36 AM   #3
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Yes I meant non commercial distros.

And buying hardware that is supported, for a good first run experience in which everything works and also compiz fusion.

Also, if hardware comes out in a month from now will it be supported on Fedora 8, or will I need an update, but can't get one unless I have the net going?

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