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Signal Ground: Linux Hardware Support Survey Part 1: Motherboards

Aug 31, 2000, 22:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Moran)

"Signal Ground thinks the time has come for hardware vendors to begin recognizing that the Linux operating system is here to stay and deserves some level of acknowledgement and support. We were suprised to find a number of motherboard vendors that don't want to even mutter the "L" word even to distance themselves from it."

"In Part 1 of our newest survey, the Signal Ground team audited numerous motherboard websites on patrol for any and all references to Linux (compatibility test reports, known problem reports, Linux drivers or otherwise). Our feeling is that if you're using Linux, why not give your hard earned dollars to a company trying to support your favorite OS. In the end, we graded 15 motherboard vendors based on how much -- or how little -- they support, mention or give promotion to Linux...."

"Our informal survey can be considered as a snapshot in time (August 2000), and any subsequent website improvements will not be represented. Some sites had built-in search engines to help with this task, while some did not. If a site didn?t have a search engine, we just tried to surf around through technical support sections, download file areas and frequently asked questions (FAQ) sections. Essentially, our feeling was this: if we couldn?t find it, other Linux users won?t be able to, either."

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