Re: Hardware Compatibility List for Woody (exist)?
How can I collect an up-to-date Hardware Compatibility List by
inspecting (which) Kernel-Code(-Parts)? (How are the SuSE people for
example do this-they have a very big HCL but I don't know if Debian
can use the same HCL-?)
Nor, nor could they really-- SuSE generates their list by people paying
them money to say their hardware is certified under SuSE Linux. Debian
has no such entity for people to pay us, and we're not as a rule very
interested in doing so. Furthermore, distributions like SuSE and Red
Hat not only heavily patch the kernels they release, they also rely on
their customers not generating a custom kernel; it's my impression that
Debian users, as a rule, are much more likely to do so.
If someone can answer this question I will start working on this so
there will some up-to-date HCL for Woody.
First you'll have to define what you mean by HCL. What goes on the
list? Is it sufficient for a network card to respond to ifup, or
should it perform within some epsilon of its rated speed? What about a
SCSI card? Should it be measured to work with disks, scanners, tape
drives, and ghod knows what else? Some driver/hardware bugs show up
only after a hundred hours or so of continuous operation; how long
should a device be tested until it's considered 'compatible'? How do
you maintain the list? What kinds of changes would require a
recertification, and what kinds wouldn't?
That's not to say this isn't a useful or interesting question to ask;
just make sure you realize what you're getting yourself into when you