>I'm new to linux. I've heard a lot about it and figured I'd give it a
>try. I've been hearing that linux won't work with some hardware. Is
>this usually a big problem or does linux work with most hardware?
There's an awful lot of hardware out there that Linux will NOT work with.
That said, most common mainstream components are supported by Linux.
Where you are likely to encounter issues (in no particular order) are SCSI
controllers, video cards, sound cards, network cards, and modems.
When it comes to modems, I have been able to get internal modems working,
but never as easily as an external model. Of course, the CPU-driven
"WinModems" won't work at all.
Most NE2000-clone NICs work fine. Some don't. Save the yourself the pain and
go with an Intel card.
RedHat's support pages have an extensive list of supported SCSI controllers.