The Quest Of Finding Linux Compatible Hardware
Phoronix: The Quest Of Finding Linux Compatible Hardware
While Intel is often looked at as being the most Linux and open-source friendly company among the major IHVs, as shown today in Intel's Linux Sandy Bridge Graphics Still Troubling, even in 2011 there are still serious Linux hardware issues to overcome. The Linux hardware support has a much better foundation than where it was at in 2004 when I founded Phoronix, and for hardware that's been in the marketplace for a few months old these problems quickly go away, but for new adopters it's the biggest challenge...
The quest for Linux-compatible hardware is actually quite simple:
* Get any sound card except X-Fi.
* Get an NVidia graphics card.
That's all there is to it
Well, sometimes you have to be careful about what network adapter or printer/scanner you get, but I guess that's not the kind of hardware Michael was referring to.
Last edited by Nobu; 01-18-2011 at 03:38 PM.
Reason: Added "kind of"
Thats a great use of the data generated from the PTS. Could help a lot of people determining what wifi chips are actually best supported. But how do you benchmark something like soundcards? People want to know if spdif out is working with some random application for example.
I haven't looked much into sound card support yet, but one rough estimate for that could be to look at the percent of people using a given sound card relative to other audio adapters, at least as a cursory way to see if something looks to be possibly supported well or not. And then use the commenting system to ask the active owners.
Originally Posted by crispy
Hey seen that article I had the following idea:
You can display the performance of different combinations of hardware using PTS. You should also benchmark hardware comparing Windows and Linux performance.
With this, users may have an idea of what hardware they will be buying.
Meanwhile you could threat bad hardware vendors like SiS and Via, sending them the following message: "Hey VIA/SiS look at these benchmarks, see how NVIDIA, Intel and AMD give good results in our tests. Have you realized that your hardware aren' t there? Can you guess why?"
This should make them fell very envy about not seeing their hardware in the recommended list.
You could also create a list of the hardware that should be avoided.
Printers, scanners and every other hardware should be also available.
I'd say you should be less concerned with network adapters these days and more about which printers and scanners. And more the scanners.
Originally Posted by Nobu
The rule for printers seems to be HP, Epson, or any printer properly supporting HP PCL or Postscript just like "picking NVidia" for graphics cards. But you've got to do a bit of research before buying to avoid the lemons in that space.
Scanners...now that's a minefield still (and this would include support on MF devices...). Most of the Epson MF devices seem to be supported "okay" as with HP's (though there ARE devices that support hasn't happened on for both brands...). Cannon's stuff is hit or miss (Part of the CanoScan LIDE line is WELL supported, part of it is in the expensive paperweight/doorstop category... Same goes for their printers...sigh...)
Does Optimus work under Linux? I thought Nvidia made it clear that they would not support it.
Originally Posted by RealNC
<---- EXACTLY. Be careful people, on most optimus laptops having the nvidia chip is basically the same as having a rock weighting the same.
Originally Posted by pingufunkybeat
Michael: In price comparisons, please also consider non-US users. Most benchmark sites *cough*anandtech*cough*tom's hardware*cough* tend to forget we exist. We don't use dollars, don't have access to newegg, and don't have rebates. So a very valid price comparison or guide in the US is normally not applicable in Europe or other places in the world.
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