Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2007 17:26 UTC, submitted by irbis
Linux "Deciding whether a particular computer is a good candidate for installing GNU/Linux can involve a nightmare of details about hardware compatibility. Nor is assembling a custom computer on which to run GNU/Linux any easier. In both cases, you need to evaluate video cards, sound cards, printers, scanners, digital camera, wireless cards, and mobile devices for compatibility with the operating system. Fortunately, help is available."
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by sonic2000gr on Tue 14th Aug 2007 19:48 UTC
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2007-05-20

The question of functioning hardware is most relevant for someone who is switching NOW to Linux and already has "inherited" hardware from Windows he wishes to use. If you are committed to use Linux then you actually *choose* all your hardware on a compatibility basis. Number of choices is also good enough.
I mostly stick with NVIDIA graphics, HP Laserjets, Canon inkjets, Atheros and Intel based wireless cards. I prefer to choose my hardware to be as widely compatible as possible. I run Linux and FreeBSD (and of course Windows compatibility is a non-issue). Most integrated sound cards and ethernets work. If you made a successful switch (and yes, this also depends on how well your existing Windows hardware worked with Linux) then you simply choose your next hardware to be compatible.

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