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libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

An interesting project just launched: It is in a rather effective way collecting information about hardware of people who run GNU/Linux and letting those same users rate the support of this hardware on site leading to a creation of something that could be a very useful hardware support database for GNU/Linux.

This could really help with selecting hardware components for GNU/Linux powered computers.

Joined: 2006-03-28
I wanted to reply a lot

I wanted to reply a lot earlier, but didn't find the time yet.
Also just now I found the time to check it out, and I have to say that it really looks interesting.
If I had something identifyable on my PC I'd upload the report, but since I have a system that's something between LFS 6.1.1 and EasyLFS 0.1 it's pretty much a very very special case.
But I will run it on my ThinkPad R60e (which runs Fedora 7) and upload the report. And when I finally come around to install EasyLFS on my PC (probably the 0.4 release) I'll also upload a report of my PC.

Joined: 2006-03-28
I just uploaded the info on

I just uploaded the info on my notebook. :-)

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Joined: 2006-05-04
Cool. Btw, this site

Cool. Btw, this site reminds me of that idea we were discussing before. could have an usable database of hardware which we can use to combine them into various configurations, or configuration specs according to which computers can be built.

But it was just an idea.. not sure if we're up for it *yet*.

Joined: 2006-03-28
Yes, when I read this I

Yes, when I read this I also remembered that discussion.
I think we might be able to use to point users to if they ask if certain hardware runs with Linux, maybe even with a specific distro.

Joined: 2006-03-28
I've just seen that RedHat

I've just seen that RedHat has something similar, although it seems to lack some of the features hardware4linux offers. But it has more registered boxes.
There's also an open invitation to other distros, so that this might be implemented into different distros right away.
Good thing is that you don't need to register, so this can easily be done automatically, if the user wants to participate of course.

Still I think the information on hw4l is more useful, since there people can actually rate how good stuff works with their distro.
I'll keep an eye on the development of both solutions.

Also I received this eMail this weekend from hw4l:



The big news on is that the search page is
now available at: . Find
which components are working well with your favorite distribution or
with all the distributions.

We also reached 1000 systems today ! Thanks a lot to those who have
added systems on the site and who have blogged or written articles
about the site to bring more users. Continue to bring systems to the
site and to help us find more users !

By the way, if you have ideas to bring more users, get in touch with

Fred - May the source be with you

So now they have a search-function, which is a really good thing.
I had a quick look, and it looks quite good, though I think it might still be improvable.

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Joined: 2006-05-04
Smolt seems a bit more

Smolt seems a bit more minimal, but I suppose it can be quite useful. I would criticize its usability though as it doesn't even say what do those progress bars actually represent. Either I'm dumb or it really isn't obvious...

Anyway I like the new HW4L search feature. The next step for it could be to add a keyword search.

Joined: 2006-03-28
libervisco wrote:

The next step for it could be to add a keyword search.

That's exactly what I meant with "improvable". ;-)

Joined: 2006-03-28
Today hw4l really rocked my

Today hw4l really rocked my world.
As some of you might have read already my computer died and I replaced the important parts with cool new stuff. Sound didn't work yet, but thanks to hw4l I found out which module to use for my card. Interestingly enough the module includes "Intel" in it's name, which is not very likely to suggest to be able to run the soundchip of a board with AMD-chipset. Well, it does, and the search-function of hw4l guided me to the right module.
First time I really used it, except for uploading the specs of my Fedora-notebook, and it helped right away.
I knew it's a great project, now I know why!

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