Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux 6.1 focuses on hardware support, and the others?

Hardware support and GNU / Linux distributions for businesses

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution is intended primarily for IT professionals and therefore businesses. This minor update brings some evolutions, of which in the first line an improvement of the support of the material.

It’s obvious that for a company like Red Hat that targets the business segment, the process of certifying its distribution on the server builders’ ranges was a priority . Difficult otherwise without reassuring a customer when choosing an operating system whose stability and compatibility with the chosen hardware is a priority.

But there is not only stability, there is also performance. Why buy a server of last generation if the operating system does not know how to exploit all the capacities of the server. Last but not least, hardware innovations often go very fast, faster than software. It then becomes essential to have a proactive approach through partnerships with equipment manufacturers.

An initiative that Cannonical recently initiated by putting online a site referencing the laptops and components supported by Ubuntu.

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And community distributions?

An approach for which GNU / Linux community distributions are currently not very popular. Of course you will find on sites of large distributions lists of compatible hardware. However, their completeness sometimes leaves something to be desired when they are not, so to speak, obsolete. It is a bit of everyone to manage with the help of the forums to operate his machine.

The FSF (Free Software Foundation) has also put online site dedicated to this issue: H-Node for completely free operating systems . Other similar census initiatives exist like Linux-Laptop or Linux-Driver but it is a post-census.

One would be tempted to excuse this by the low weight of the GNU / Linux distributions on the computer market. Yet vendors of hardware (I forget it) as

  • LDLC

  • Materiel.net

  • PC Linux France

  • PCubuntoo

now sell desktops or laptops without an operating system. Be careful, they do not all offer “certified” machines for GNU / Linux. One might think that some are surfing on the opportunity thus offered to some not to buy a Microsoft Windows license and to use a “pirated” version of it.

A godsend, however, for the world of GNU / Linux distributions that could rush in bulk order to set up a real partnership and perform a certification and technology watch with these assemblers. When will a “Drivers for Linux Foundation”

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