[SATLUG] linux hardware compatibility push

Greg Swift gregswift at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 13:54:11 CST 2011


On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 10:24, <travis+ml-satlug at subspacefield.org> wrote:

> So if you've ever tried to shop online for USB WiFi/bluetooth dongles
> with particular chipsets, you understand my pain.
>
> They simply don't even list them.
>
> Sometimes they don't work with Linux (esp. broadcom chipsets).
>
> So I'm wondering, what can we do about this?
>
> I'm wondering if maybe we could set up a Linux hardware review system,
> where the distro asks you after a while how much and how well a
> particular piece of hardware works.
>
> Anyway, I'd sure like it if I could find out what will work with
> Linux before I buy.
>
> Less importantly, I want to figure out which can be put into, say,
> monitor mode (for wifi), etc.
>
> Someone who really wanted to help Linux users everywhere would have a hard
> time finding a better way, IMHO.
>
>
So... Fedora's smolt project is a small step in this direction.  You can
see the hardware profile from install fedora systems.  next step would be
to add a "did this component work for you?" set of boxes.

http://smolt.fedoraproject.org

-greg


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