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Linux.com: Hardware Simplicity

Jan 18, 2000, 22:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"Hardware support has always been one of the biggest concerns for the Linux platform. Although Linux supports an incredibly wide variety of hardware platforms, specific hardware device support can sometimes be sketchy at best. Linux does support a wider range of hardware platforms than any other major operating system to date; however, finding a Linux driver for your video card or PCMCIA network adapter can be difficult. I have experienced both the good and the bad of this, and would like to share a few of my experiences."

"Video card support under Linux is constantly improving, and now many video card manufacturers are developing Linux drivers for their products, or at least working with Open Source projects to help develop these drivers. The nice thing is that I have never personally seen a video card that would not work to at least display to the monitor in character mode; however, the X server is the bone of contention here. Several months ago I upgraded the video card in my home system and got a very rude surprise. The video card, a 3Dfx Banshee-based card by Creative Labs, did not have any support under Linux at the time. This meant that I could not run X, which obviously means no windowing environment...."

"Processor support under Linux is phenomenal to say the least. The number of different processor architectures that Linux supports is amazing. I recently upgraded from an AMD K6-233 to a much faster AND K2-III 400. This upgrade also required a system board upgrade. The amazing part about this process is that as far as Linux was concerned this was a simple drop in replacement. The system booted-up without modification and ran flawlessly from the first boot...."

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