I am looking to buy some hardware that will be compatible with Linux and
*BSD and NOT depend upon proprietary drivers. Unfortunately, the Linux
Hardware Database (tried both http://www.linuxhardwaredatabase.com/ and
http://lhd.datapower.com/) is either down or has ceased to exist (cannot
raise the server), and the few reviews (of items below) that I sampled on
http://www.linuxhardware.org/ seem to be rather incomplete and mostly quite
old (at least up to 1 year). Thus, I am posting to these 2 newsgroups for
advice. (We really need a Linux + *BSD on-line equivalent of what
_Consumer Reports_ used to be before it started catering to the lowest
common denominator of consumers.)
Hardware needed (on-board is OK for the items after motherboard if it meets
the requirements below):
1. Motherboard + x86-compatible CPU: on-board serial ATA would be
nice although not mandatory; on-board USB 2.0 and/or FireWire
would be nice although not mandatory
2. Video card: provision for digital output is not mandatory, but
would be really nice
3. Sound card (music quality)
4. Network card
5. Optical drive (CD-RW or rewritable DVD -- multiple format if
6. Printer (ink jet preferred) or multi-function device (must
have both good scanning and printing image quality, otherwise
it is better to get separate devices); low cost of consumables
is also important
My requirements (for all of the above hardware):
1. Hardware must not depend upon proprietary drivers from the
manufacturer to be fully supported by at least 1 of Linux
and/or the *BSDs. Proprietary drivers are guarantors of bugs
and obsolescence, and also provide for back doors into your
system (both back doors by accident that crackers can use
illegally, and back doors on purpose that companies and
agencies can use legally to act as crackers).
2. Hardware must be stable. Freedom from crashes and other
glitches (and certainly from hard failures) is more important
than speed or glitzy features.
3. Although high performance and features are not the highest
priority, the hardware should have enough of each to provide
protection from obsolescence for a handful of years (and it
certainly should not be already obsolete when I buy it).
4. All features must follow standards -- I don't want to get stuck
with orphan technology (like the wrong DVD or digital video
5. Low price and decent warranty policy.
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