Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 05-01-2004, 06:01 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh
Distribution: SuSE 8.2
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question What is the most hardware friendly distro I can get?

I have spent the last few weels trying to get the hardware in my computer to work properly or at all under SuSE Linux 8.2 (especially my ATI Radeon 9800XT) to no avail. My question is, if I bought or downloaded a Linux distro today, selecting a distribution for no other trait than compatibility with the newest hardware and ease of hardware installation, which one would you suggest?

Currently I think I might want to upgrade to SuSE 9.0 or buy Mandrake 10.0.

Alternatively, I could wait until SuSE 9.1 comes out on May 8th, but would this be much better than SuSE 9.0 already is or is not?
Old 05-01-2004, 07:07 PM   #2
bruno buys
Senior Member
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Rio
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 1,509

Rep: Reputation: 46
ATI Radeon's are a pain, regardless of distro. This is what I have read.
SuSE 9.0 can be a good test on whether SuSE 9.1 will be able to support your card. Of course, for the moment, makes no sense to buy the 9.0. You'd better wait for the 9.1.

SuSE 9.1 can be a bit better than 9.0, indeed. There's a kernel upgrade to 2.6.3, kde 3.2.2 and a few other nice upgrades.

Mdk10 is a good choice too, but if you already have suse installed... If I were you, I'd choose suse.
Old 05-01-2004, 07:14 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Distribution: Debian/unstable
Posts: 1,357

Rep: Reputation: 47
ATI Radeon 9800 is somewhat a beast, because of proprietary display drivers.
(All the graphics card manufacturers in the market at the moment all just as unethical and dishonest as their competitors. fsck them all.)

So it is not about the distribution, they can do very little with it. See ATI radeon HOWTO for setting it up.
Old 05-01-2004, 07:26 PM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh
Distribution: SuSE 8.2
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
At the present moment, I only have the minimum graphical system installed for suse because it takes less time time to install this after I ruin my computer trying to get drivers installed and kernel modules compiled.

I came across a few web sites that sell CDs of Mandrake 10 at decent prices so I might as well buy a copy of MDK 10 and try it out. Then buy suse 9.1 later this month if Mandrake doesn't help my situation.
Old 05-01-2004, 10:40 PM   #5
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Richmond, Virginia, US
Distribution: Debian Stretch
Posts: 431

Rep: Reputation: 48
I've always had a prob everytime i've tried SuSe, Currently using MDK 10.0 official cost $0.99 on ebay.. detects everything perfect.. I have a Radeon 9000 and have no prob good graphics, can watch movies full screen real clear.. I don't have the ATI software installed, so why try
Old 05-02-2004, 10:16 AM   #6
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Atlanta, GA
Distribution: SuSE 9.3 Pro, Ubuntu Hoary, Vidalinux 1.1
Posts: 65

Rep: Reputation: 15
Xandros 2 is a great start for people coming from Windows. Based on Debian (Sarge), kernel 2.4.x, and KDE 3.1.4, it did a better job of recognizing and configuring my hardware than SuSE 9.0 Pro or Fedora Core 1. It's essentially Corel Linux evolved...

That said, I use SuSE 9.0 Pro (Ximian Desktop 2, KDE 3.2.2) for my daily work.

Old 05-04-2004, 11:26 PM   #7
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Philippines
Distribution: Red Hat 9.0 - Suse 8.0 - Slackware 7.0 - Fedora Core 2 test 3
Posts: 133

Rep: Reputation: 15
try red hat, but i'm about to try fedora
Old 05-07-2004, 03:14 PM   #8
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh
Distribution: SuSE 8.2
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
I really want to get these graphics drivers running under Linux that would allow me to switch entirely over to Linux for word processing, programming, and now games. I now understand that the distro has very little to do with driver compatibility with it.

However, I bought a set of Mandrake 10.0 Official CDs and I will have to wait until the get through the mail to see if they make a difference. I certainly hope Mandrake 10.0 is worth the money


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Most network friendly Distro? dtedrow Linux - Networking 1 08-01-2005 03:20 AM
Best Laptop Friendly Distro? mngmd Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 06-10-2005 10:24 AM
The most user-friendly distro XenoForce Linux - Newbie 12 10-08-2004 07:45 AM
Any GNU/Linux friendly hardware shops out there? bpk Linux - General 2 09-29-2004 10:42 PM
Laptop friendly Distro? Gerrard Linux - General 4 08-17-2003 02:02 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:49 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration