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1. Introduction

This document lists most of the hardware components (not whole computers) known to be supported or not supported under Linux, so reading through this document you can choose the components for your own Linux computer and know what to avoid. As the list of components supported by Linux changes constantly, this document will never be complete. If a component is not mentioned in this HOWTO, I simply have not found support for the component and nobody has told me about support.

Subsections titled 'Alpha, Beta drivers' list hardware with alpha or beta drivers in varying degrees of usability. Note that some drivers only exist in alpha kernels, so if you see something listed as supported but isn't in your version of the Linux kernel, upgrade.

1.4. Related sources of information

1.5. Known problems with this document

This document can't possibly be up-to-date at all times. I would like to see this document be a useful reference again. The following items need to be fixed for that to happen:

All of this is going to require a lot of work. If this happens to interest you, please email . I can use the help. :-)

1.7. Feedback and corrections

If you have questions or comments about this document, please feel free to email Steven Pritchard at . I also welcome corrections and additions. At some point in the near future, I plan to set up a web interface for adding components to this document. In the mean time, please just use the word "hardware" somewhere in the subject when sending corrections or additions.

1.9. Revision History

The following is the revision history of this document since I (Steven Pritchard) took over maintenance.

Revision History
Revision 3.1.52002-03-28Revised by: sjp
Moved revision history to Introduction section. More dead link fixes and other corrections. Thanks to Lin Hung-Ta, Silviu Tamasdan, and various others.
Revision 3.1.42002-02-17Revised by: sjp
Added note about CRIS architecture. Updated WAN Cards section.
Revision 3.1.32001-12-30Revised by: sjp
Updated video card section and other minor cleanups and updates.
Revision 3.1.22001-12-21Revised by: sjp
Update location for GS-4500 software in the scanners section. (Thanks to Jan Willamowius for pointing out that the page had moved.) Begin updating RAID controller section by separating SCSI RAID and IDE RAID.
Revision 3.1.12001-12-14Revised by: sjp
List printers with a "F" or missing grade from the linuxprinting.org database in the incompatible hardware section.
Revision 3.1.02001-12-12Revised by: sjp
Fix/remove more broken/dead links. Import printer listing from linuxprinting.org.
Revision 3.0.72001-10-18Revised by: sjp
Started fixing dead links. (Thanks to Rob Janssen, Shaul Karl, Charles McColm, and Paul Stephenson for the corrections.)
Revision 3.0.62001-09-14Revised by: sjp
Started cleaning up incompatible hardware section.
Revision 3.0.52001-09-04Revised by: sjp
Updated CPU and motherboards sections. Added WAN Cards section and removed old "Frame Relay", "X.25", and "Synchronous PPP, Cisco HDLC" sections under Network adapters.
Revision 3.0.42001-06-25Revised by: sjp
Updated Network adapters and Controllers (multiport) sections to include current Cyclades products. (Thanks to Ivan Passos at Cyclades for the update.)
Revision 3.0.32001-05-28Revised by: sjp
Added USB section. Added note on non-x86 hardware to CPU section. Updated Motherboards section. Added a link to the Sound HOWTO in the Sound cards section. Folded Related sources of information section into introduction and removed dead links.
Revision 3.0.22001-05-10Revised by: sjp
LDP-requested cleanup.
Revision 3.0.12001-05-07Revised by: sjp
Updated modems section.
Revision 3.0.02001-04-22Revised by: sjp
First DocBook version. Various updates.