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trash
September 22nd, 2007, 03:27 AM
I've seen a couple of threads about hardware that is linux freindly and questions about compatibility, but does the linux community actively promote these companies/manufacturers?

I've seen many list, listing what works and what doesn't and what does with a bit/lot of effort, but NO lists anywhere saying BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE, pro's/con's, but their hardware just works.

I'm not saying that it will be a list full of the best hardware out there but I think these companies should have all the support we as a community can offer. I for one often don't care what the best is, i just want what will work... like a video card, as I am not a gamer nor an eyecandy freak, so when searching I want a list that just tells me what card I WON'T have any trouble with. Same goes for wireless cards, routers....

I understand the common hardware compatibility list came about as more and more people started switching to linux, but I do think it might be time for a list for the LINUX USER who is buying new/er hardware.

does anybody know of such a list?

BoyOfDestiny
September 22nd, 2007, 04:36 AM
I've seen a couple of threads about hardware that is linux freindly and questions about compatibility, but does the linux community actively promote these companies/manufacturers?

I've seen many list, listing what works and what doesn't and what does with a bit/lot of effort, but NO lists anywhere saying BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE, pro's/con's, but their hardware just works.

I'm not saying that it will be a list full of the best hardware out there but I think these companies should have all the support we as a community can offer. I for one often don't care what the best is, i just want what will work... like a video card, as I am not a gamer nor an eyecandy freak, so when searching I want a list that just tells me what card I WON'T have any trouble with. Same goes for wireless cards, routers....

I understand the common hardware compatibility list came about as more and more people started switching to linux, but I do think it might be time for a list for the LINUX USER who is buying new/er hardware.

does anybody know of such a list?

I googled. :)

http://www.linuxcompatible.org/compatibility.html
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport

Used these myself
http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html
http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/
http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting
http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Main


Using a search engine, terms like linux and whatever type of hardware will return a good result. I spent one to two minutes googling before buying something. Although I take my chances with standard USB devices. Those always work in my experience ;) In the store I've found things like hard drives and usb keys mention on the box they work fine with linux 2.4/2.6 :)

EDIT: In terms of what you want, I highly recommend to you the fsf.org list since it specifically lists which work with Free software. Open printing as it has suggested printers, along with what features are supported with the models, and sane, as it shows the same info for scanners... ALSA for the soundcards, shows what works what doesn't, and you choose what you think will meet your needs. It is not hard to pick up hardware with "complete" support. :) Especially with FSF list, you get an idea which companies are being more open (i.e. not needing binary firmware and what not...)

trash
September 22nd, 2007, 05:28 AM
Yes searching does make it easier, but I don't think it really promotes companies that are making the effort. Lumping linux friendly companies in with companies that aren't linux friendly isn't really promoting their effort which in my opinion we should be doing more actively.

Thanks for the links though, I like this one which i'd never seen before... http://www.ubuntuhcl.org/pub/
nice and simple, ratings say a lot:)

BoyOfDestiny
September 22nd, 2007, 05:32 AM
Yes searching does make it easier, but I don't think it really promotes companies that are making the effort. Lumping linux friendly companies in with companies that aren't linux friendly isn't really promoting their effort which in my opinion we should be doing more actively.

Thanks for the links though, I like this one which i'd never seen before... http://www.ubuntuhcl.org/pub/
nice and simple, ratings say a lot:)

I'm glad, and the companies can do a small part too.

Put a label on the box and state specifically that it is Linux 2.6 (or whatever) compatible. It would go a long way.

They don't have to keep it a secret if there is a Free driver... That would show if they are really supporting, vs just being "compatible"

That would take a lot of the guesswork out for us users too... :)

Hopefully we'll see it more and more.

trash
September 22nd, 2007, 05:40 AM
EDIT: In terms of what you want, I highly recommend to you the fsf.org list since it specifically lists which work with Free software. Open printing as it has suggested printers, along with what features are supported with the models, and sane, as it shows the same info for scanners... ALSA for the soundcards, shows what works what doesn't, and you choose what you think will meet your needs. It is not hard to pick up hardware with "complete" support. :) Especially with FSF list, you get an idea which companies are being more open (i.e. not needing binary firmware and what not...)


Ya, those are things to consider in a new purchase for sure.:)
thanks!

trash
September 22nd, 2007, 05:47 AM
I'm glad, and the companies can do a small part too.

Put a label on the box and state specifically that it is Linux 2.6 (or whatever) compatible. It would go a long way.

They don't have to keep it a secret if there is a Free driver... That would show if they are really supporting, vs just being "compatible"

That would take a lot of the guesswork out for us users too... :)

Hopefully we'll see it more and more.

It's true!!
But more and more they are starting to do that. A guy who owns and operates a small computer store near me in a VERY small town, is always surprised when he sees linux written on the boxes lol... I was one of his first customers to be using linux, so now he is starting to order more hardware that is linux friendly instead of stuff that is windows only.:)

samb0057
September 22nd, 2007, 07:07 AM
I have a website, ubuntuhcl.org, which is a hardware compatibility database comprised of user submitted reviews.

We have a feature called average manufacturer ratings, intended to help identify which manufacturers are Linux friendly and which are not. Check it out - www.ubuntuhcl.org

trash
September 22nd, 2007, 01:44 PM
I have a website, ubuntuhcl.org, which is a hardware compatibility database comprised of user submitted reviews.

We have a feature called average manufacturer ratings, intended to help identify which manufacturers are Linux friendly and which are not. Check it out - www.ubuntuhcl.org

love it and have it bookmarked! Thanks, nice work:)