Just wanted to bring this website that I found today to everybody’s attention. It’s an online tool that checks if your hardware is supported by Debian. All you need to do is boot the target system from a live CD, type lspci -n at the command line, and paste the output into the text field on the site.
The system then checks a database to see if each of your devices is supported, and gives you a handy readout that shows which drivers you should use for each device. Because Debian is so strict about free software (as in speech, not as in beer), if your hardware passes this test, you should be able to find open sourced drivers that will allow any distribution to run on it.
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Categories: Jon F, Linux availability, check, compatibility, Debian, device, driver, Hardware, Linux, lookup, support
If you have been following my posts on here you’ll know that the hardware I am running this experiment on is relatively new. In fact it’s so new it hasn’t even been shipped to me yet!
Here’s the problem: the large company that I ordered my laptop from seems to be having difficulties getting my order right. Three, count them, 1, 2 and 3, restarts later I finally have an order in production that looks like it might actually be correct. The only problem now is that its new expected delivery date is September 3rd. If it comes down to that and I do miss the start of the experiment does anyone have any suggestions about what I could do for those first couple of days? Let’s hear ‘em!
Just a quickie tonight folks. For those who want to check the compatibility of their hardware with the Linux kernel, check out this page. It’s by no means a full guide (if you have strange hardware, it might not be covered), is aimed primarily at laptops, and doesn’t guarantee distribution compatibility, but if Linux supports the hardware, your distro should too.
I have finally settled on some hardware that I will be using for this experiment:
Dell Studio XPS 16
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 at 2.40GHz with 3MB cache and 1066Mhz FSB
- RAM: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz
- LCD Panel: Widescreen 15.6 inch WLED LCD (1600×900)
- Web Cam: 2.0MP
- Video Card: ATi Mobility RADEON HD 4670 with 1GB of memory
- Hard Drive: 320GB 7200 RPM SATA
- Optical Drive: Slot loaded 8X DVD+/- RW
- Sound Card: TBD (High Definition Audio 2.0)
- Wireless Networking Card: Intel 5300 WLAN Wireless-N (3×3) Mini Card
- Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module (2.1+EDR)
I have yet to research if there are any Linux compatibility issues with these hardware pieces but that’s all just part of the game