Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

You may be interested to know that current versions of the Linux kernel have built in support for virtually all wired network chipsets out there, as well as many of the most popular wireless cards today.


That's great and all, but what about everything else? Do they have the equivalent of a package manager for hardware, where you can hit a website, have it scan your machine, and give you a list (with download links) for all the drivers you need? That's what driveragent.com does on Windows.

Granted, it costs like $30 a year, but if you're the default tech support for friends/family like I am, it pays for itself the very first time you use it ;)

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B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

"You may be interested to know that current versions of the Linux kernel have built in support for virtually all wired network chipsets out there, as well as many of the most popular wireless cards today.


That's great and all, but what about everything else? Do they have the equivalent of a package manager for hardware, where you can hit a website, have it scan your machine, and give you a list (with download links) for all the drivers you need? That's what driveragent.com does on Windows.
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Yes, that's what the previous poster is trying to tell you: it is called "the Linux kernel".

Make sure your USB NIC is supported by Linux out-of-the-box (same as you make sure that your USB NIC is supported by MS Windows out-of-the-box) and you are good. Configure your USB NIC (if you are on DHCP, no further action is required, same as in MS Windows) and hit your local sources.list, add non-free and apt-get the firmware-<your-NIC> or just apt-get firmware-non-free, which will download and install all non-free binary blobs out there. That's all.

BTW, for MS Windows I prefer devid.info ;)

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The actually do sort of have that:

http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/

Paste in the results of "lspci -n" using any handy liveCD distro. It tells you what the hardware really is, if it's supported and what the driver is. Drivers listed are available in the repositories so then you just apt-get/aptitude/synaptic in the applicable package.

Even if it's not a Debian install I'm doing, I'll visit this site for a good list of hardware details.

It's not pretty with the latest flash and java applet but it works well.

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