New Laptop Hardware Support

I am novice/hobbist linux user so with that in mind let me ask my question.

I have a hp laptop, amd processor, nvidia video card, Atheros NIC/Wireless, conexant audio, a web cam…just for a general overview.

I am trying to find out which Distro’s are most likely to have the newest drivers support, hardware, etc…?

I like Suse, Fedora, and Linux Mint the best but am just wanting to load the linux with minimal to no hareware install problems.

Any thoughts?

Wayne

Difficult to answer just like that. If your machine is of some known brand/model, someone with similar experience may offer help.

Ubuntu and Debians distros are a lof of drivers for a various hardware.

You could check this page to see how your hardware is supported(if it’s not there it simply means it hasn’t been filled out)

HCL/Laptops - openSUSE

kata01 wrote:
> Ubuntu and Debians distros are a lof of drivers for a various
> hardware.

I would like to correct a misconception here. Driver support is in the
kernel, and ALL distros start with the same kernel sources, thus if
two distros use kernel 2.6.Y, then both will support the same
hardware. The reason is that any out-of-kernel drivers are more likely
to be unstable, and no distro wants to get a reputation for
instability. A particular distro may may make it easier to install
such an out-of-kernel driver, but you will be warned.

In general, kernel 2.6.Y+1 will support more hardware than 2.6.Y, thus
shopping distros based on kernel version has merit.

On Thu, 2009-06-11 at 15:29 +0000, Larry Finger wrote:
> kata01 wrote:
> > Ubuntu and Debians distros are a lof of drivers for a various
> > hardware.
>
> I would like to correct a misconception here. Driver support is in the
> kernel, and ALL distros start with the same kernel sources, thus if
> two distros use kernel 2.6.Y, then both will support the same
> hardware. The reason is that any out-of-kernel drivers are more likely
> to be unstable, and no distro wants to get a reputation for
> instability. A particular distro may may make it easier to install
> such an out-of-kernel driver, but you will be warned.

Some distributions deliver vendor drivers that are NOT part of
the Linux kernel.

Just trying to make sure there are no “misconceptions”.

>
> In general, kernel 2.6.Y+1 will support more hardware than 2.6.Y, thus
> shopping distros based on kernel version has merit.