Check if the PCI devices in the Computer you may buy will work with Ubuntu/Debian February 12, 2006Posted by Carthik in guides, ubuntu.
Larz Wirzenius shares a link to the Debian Gnu/Linux Device Driver Check page. You can paste the output of
$lspci -n at that page and get an overview of the hardware you have installed on your PCI bus, and whether there are drivers in the Debian world to support the hardware.
You can use this to determine if you can or should buy that new laptop or desktop. All you will need is to boot a Knoppix live cd, and visit the website, and the paste the output of lspci -n!!
Also a very useful way to find out what network/video/audio card you have. In the beginning, I used to struggle whenever someone at a forum, or an IRC chat room asked me precisely what *Card I had. I used to be embarassed to ask folks how I could find what network/video card I had, and eventually some kind soul would tell me the command to enter, and the details to note down! Not any more – this should help newbies and experienced people alike. (Geez, don’t I sound like a n00b? I am proud to say that I am!)
I should think something like this should be easy enough to do given the data in the Ubuntu Device Database.