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Debian & The FSF Launch A Linux Hardware Database
Unlike other Linux hardware resources -- including Phoronix and OpenBenchmarking.org -- the FSF/Debian joint venture of H-Node.org is only about hardware not requiring any binary blobs down to the firmware level. Their database lists both complete systems as well as individual components from WiFi adapters to graphics cards.
To contribute you must also be running one of the Free Software Foundation endorsed distributions: BLAG, Dragora, Dynebolic, gNewSense, Musix, Parabola, Trisquel, Utoto XS, etc. The announcement of the hardware database can be found via FSF.org.
While the concept is nice of a listing for only pure FSF-friendly hardware that doesn't even require firmware blobs, H-Node.org could use many improvements. The flow isn't optimal, listings span many different pages for each component type with each component listing taking up sizable screen real estate, etc.
With being driven by user data, the quality of each listing isn't too useful. Some AMD graphics cards shown are listed as "works with 3D acceleration" but in reality with these modern GPUs there is still the closed-source AMD firmware blobs needed for hardware acceleration. Their graphics card listings also don't cover matters like video acceleration, power management, and other functionality. There's also NVIDIA graphics cards listed as working although they're next to useless until the Fermi/Kepler re-clocking support is furthered along.
At the moment H-Node.org has 29 users with a total of 409 notebooks listed, 218 graphics cards, 113 Ethernet cards, and a handful of other component types supported.
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