11 years ago
Under dev. review
I had a similar idea tonight. I like your spin on it though. My thoughts were in offering a build-a-box page and linking to a retailer, driving sales and rewarding hardware makers for being pro-Linux. Possible users could be the diy enthusiasts as well as the practical corporate networking salesman.
Sure, every distro aims to be compatible with a lot of hardware, but this is an effort coming from the distro-makers. At the other end, of the users', such tools to help them choose hardware that simply works is something essential for both distro-makers and users because we can't all just sit and wait until every piece of hardware is compatible with Linux (or vice-versa).
It seems to me that:
1) it's a lot more difficult to choose hardware items than to chose software items, including a distro;
2) it's the mission of every distro to make itself compatible with any single bit of hardware available, and not to be so hardware dependent to the point of needing specific hardware to work better or to work at all.
But these are my thoughts, only ;o)
Yes and no. System building heavily depends on the kernels inside the distributions and some other more or less important details in choice of software. Anyway, thanks for linking that page in here. We can certainly use some info from there.
The system builder may use information from the Linux Hardware Compatibility Lists & Linux Drivers websites.