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Old 10-29-2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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hardware compatibility in linux?

this may seem like a silly question.

Is hardware compatibility in linux more dependent on the distro or the version of the kernel????

Im asking because im having a hard time trying to find a list of hardware suppported by the 2.4 or 2.6 kernel??? if anyone has such a list please post the link.

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Old 10-29-2004, 12:40 PM   #2
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I think it depends. For some things it's just kernel stuff like hard disks, CDROM and the like. Wireless internet is by the hardware manufacturers or by the people who write programs to make it work. Some distro's have driver programs included as well, though I think that it's often more about including a lot in the kernel and having a lot of other programs on it that support a large variety of hardware.

If you search for supported hardware chech the HCL on LQ it's great and has reports in it about working builds and the like. Also I think you'd be easiest of searching on a product than on a complete list of everything supported.
Old 10-29-2004, 12:41 PM   #3
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More about the kernel than distribution, but not very much about it either. Generally if something works in 2.4, it most probably will work fine in 2.6.
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totally kernel dependent. well.. 95% as some distro's will bundle additional kernel patches and such, but still this essentially comes back to the kernel anyway. also it depends how the distro crators decided to compile their kernels.... see previous conclusion though.

for compatability, check the hcl on this site, generally though recent versions of both kernel branches will hvae very similar support, as 2.6 updates are still often back ported to 2.4

and please use a more intelligent thread title next time, thanks.

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