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Just Linux: Installation Preparation for Beginners

May 05, 2000, 18:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Dan Peak for this link. ]

"There is one big task you must accomplish before you install any distribution of Linux. You must figure out your PC's hardware compatibility with your Linux software. The best thing to do here is check the hardware compatibility list (HCL) for the distribution. Don't believe any hype you might hear about how wonderfully compatible your version of Linux is. Check the list even before you even buy or download the distribution."

"During installation, Linux distributions will typically ignore any unrecognizable hardware device, indifferently continuing through its installation process. As you can imagine, this can be a problem if the device in question is your PC's video card and you can't see anything on the screen."

"How well do you really know your PC? Really know it? ... Don't worry, you will not have to open your CPU. In fact, I strongly recommend against this. Your Windows machine has a tool that enables you to see into the inner mechanics of your PC."

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