Sony VAIO E-Series Hardware Support

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – 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 update ALSA, and i had a fully running system. Maybe i should first understand how drivers work in Linux operating systems as opposed to Windows systems. Anyone know any good learning resources for (HowTos)