One of the great Linux myths is that it doesn't support modern hardware. What nonsense! I've been finding for years that it's the newer Windows desktops that don't support equipment.
on 06/05/2009 – Made popular on 06/05/2009
When it comes to improving hardware support for Linux, there are two traditional strategies: The Do-It-Yourself method, by which geeks write their own device drivers, and the Beg-And-Plead approach, or asking OEMs for open-source drivers and hoping they comply.
Hello there, i am trying to get more into Linux by trying distributions which are a bit of a challenge for the normal end-user such as Slackware, Debian and Gentoo but i am having a lot of trouble due to hardware support.
I was wondering are there any good specialised hardware support websites for certain distros?
I find for example Ubuntu is very good with hardware support, all i had to do was
AMD has released the new AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 1 video driver for Linux platforms, fixing some pressing issues, but failing to provide adequate support for newer Linux kernels. AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 1 comes with a series of fixes and also provides support for a range of new AMD products. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide adequate support for newer Linux kernels.
Why does RHEL (and its derivatives) use such an old kernel? It uses 2.6.32-xxx, which seems old to me. How do they support newer hardware with that kernel? As far as I know these kind of distributions do run on fairly modern hardware.
If you’ve ever used Linux, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of hardware works straight out of the box, no questions asked. No motherboard drivers need to be installed, no ethernet drivers, in most cases no wireless drivers, and not even graphics drivers (depending on your stance on open source vs. proprietary).
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Bringing Up Hardware First In Linux, Then Windows
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