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    Phoronix: Shopping For Linux Compatible Hardware

    At the request of many Phoronix readers, we are looking at setting up an Internet shop to help those with shopping for Linux compatible hardware and computer parts that are open-source friendly. This would be a Linux store ran in conjunction with Amazon.com and their associates program.This Phoronix shop would allow individuals to easily find hardware that will run with modern desktop Linux distributions along with computer hardware that does or does not require the use of binary drivers and also hardware that we have personally tested at Phoronix or where there are performance numbers available through Phoronix Global...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ2OA

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    Newegg

    Another option is to add comments to Newegg product pages, and insert links to your website for more details. Maybe Newegg would be willing to add a "Linux Compatible" checkbox in their search tool, and you could tag items appropriately.

    Amazon isn't a bad idea, but I will generally buy the hardware I want from the cheapest and most reputable store I can. Even if you create a great Linux hardware store, you might have trouble selling your inventory. People will just use the site to find what works, then buy it elsewhere.

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    • #3
      Excellent Idea!!!!! Good luck!

      I love the idea of a computer vendor who cares about open source and allows shoppers to easily purchase a computer running Linux and open source drivers. The emphasis on open source hardware will set you apart from Linux vendors who don't give a hoot about Freedom (ie. System76, DELL and HP which sell Linux computers with FOSS-unfriendly NVIDIA and BroadCom devices).

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      • #4
        Love the idea but if i am completely honest i'd end up using the shop as a directory for stuff i can buy then once i'd decided i'd shop around. Amazon are not the cheapest of places to shop compared with dedicated hardware vendors like scan and overclockers.co.uk

        Might be worth doing it so i can very easily filter by linux compatible games though. I bought ETQW a month ago from amazon.

        A side note though on compatibility. With the current state of ATI hardware could you actually class them as compatible? The chipmaker supports them but the drivers aren't what i would describe as a usable state/linux compatible they are more like beta support!

        you'd also need to describe which distros they are "certified" for since a newbie who wants to build a linux box doesnt want to buy this cutting edge motherboard with striped raid only to find out that it only works with.. gentoo, archlinux which are advanced (imho) distros and incompatible with ubuntu or suse until the next major release which is 6 months down the line. Hell if you wanted to you could make a PPA for these things and provide the necessary glue to get them running nicely *cough* intel IGP *cough*

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        • #5
          It'd be great for selling wifi cards. A lot of the time, you can't tell what chip a card uses until you actually buy it. I bought a Dell notebook, and when I turned it on I realized I had a Broadcom chip.

          Motherboards might work well to in the store, but CPUs or Hard Drives and other components may not since they'll always work in Linux. Never seen a "Windows-only" CPU before.

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          • #6
            Nice idea but not an option for me ( shipping would kill :P ). Keep it up though for those who can make use of it.

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            • #7
              hmm how about your own price comparison site for linux? or like others said worth with one that already exists. Charge them a nominal fee for your services of putting it all together and doing the testing. Generating marketing statistics as well of what the linux community is buying would probably have some retail value too? would help driver programmers priorities their opensource efforts too. or maybe i've just forgotten to take my pills today

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              • #8
                good idear but... why not put a logo on like "Green phoronix linux star" for full feature in opensource driver "orange --- " for opensource drivers with no full features and something like blackwith green strips phoronix star for clousedsource driver full featured and black witz orange strips for cloused source not full featured..

                and red one for no linux support..

                you only need to put on an dadabase side with links to hartware and this stars..

                the users cann but this stars on the links like wikipedia.

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                • #9
                  Supporting linux hardware

                  Excellent idea we should all support companies that support linux.

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                  • #10
                    Hardware Database

                    You could also just make a hardware database. Let users add new devices and add links to Newegg, Amazon, etc pages. If you review a device you could just add it in a special Phoronix Review section of the device page in the hardware database.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pvtcupcakes View Post
                      Motherboards might work well to in the store, but CPUs or Hard Drives and other components may not since they'll always work in Linux. Never seen a "Windows-only" CPU before.
                      Actually there are few external hd's that will not work properly in *nix ( a few seagate and wd's IIRC). Also sometimes the USB to IDE/SATA chip can be incompatible with linux.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by maccam94 View Post
                        Another option is to add comments to Newegg product pages, and insert links to your website for more details. Maybe Newegg would be willing to add a "Linux Compatible" checkbox in their search tool, and you could tag items appropriately.

                        Amazon isn't a bad idea, but I will generally buy the hardware I want from the cheapest and most reputable store I can. Even if you create a great Linux hardware store, you might have trouble selling your inventory. People will just use the site to find what works, then buy it elsewhere.
                        BTW, newegg has an affiliate program:
                        http://www.newegg.com/Info/Affiliates.aspx

                        Here's a thought: make an on-line store, that would offer the cheapest deal between stores such as newegg and amazon (in other words stores that offer affiliate programs) or even ebay (they too have an affiliate program). You can ask people on the forums which websites they use to buy hardware, and perhaps if those websites don't have an affiliate program - email them and offer that

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                        • #13
                          i think the idea was to make some money from the service using referral links. So that donations and the such weren't needed or relied on so much. could you make money out of the proposed HCL? linux questions has one too you see..

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                          • #14
                            Yes, if rather than having users add links to newegg et al., you add them yourself

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                            • #15
                              Great Idea!

                              I think this is an excellent idea. I recently "shopped" for Linux-compatible hardware by looking at other people's benchmarks on Phoronix Global (searching for the processor I was interested in and recording the various system configurations - particularly motherboards - that came up). It'd be great to have something dedicated to this purpose!

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