[linux-elitists] Our little side project... Just Linux Hardware (dot com)
Wed Mar 26 09:26:55 PST 2003
On Wed, Mar 26, 2003 at 09:01:57AM -0800, Brian Nelson wrote:
> > Here is the unborn unreleased please be gentle in criticism
> > version we've come up with so far.
> > http://justlinuxhardware.com/
> > What do you folks think?
> I think it would have been extremely useful before 1998, but these days
> most hardware seems to work in with Linux. The exception is video
> adapters. Most old ones work, but new ones are often only supported in
> XFree86 CVS, and many of the popular ones require proprietary modules
> for 3-D acceleration (don't get me started on how insidious those
> modules are).
> Unfortunately, I don't think a website could help that situation...
I think it's completely relevant today, perhaps even more than before.
* Proprietary drivers are inferior, and people may want to
know which vendors have full free software drivers. It's
often unclear when a vendor announces support, what that
* With TCPA on the horizon, I think people would like to be
able to make informed purchasing decisions. I doubt this
is something most reviewers will consider unless TCPA starts
becoming a household word.
* Consider printers, scanners, digital cameras, PDAs, etc.
All of these things work with a PC in some way, and all
of them, for me, required doing homework to determine if
Linux could work with them (well, except for PDAs, which
I had a recommendation for). This put my purchases off for
* Laptops. 'Nuff said.
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