The hardware testing angle--that's an important issue
Posted by: Anonymous
on May 30, 2008 09:25 PM
I have typically used two Free Software OS's to determine whether or not I'll buy a given piece of hardware:
In Debian's case, I do this hardware check with *only* the base repository enabled and no others. Nope, not even "universe". Remember, this is a *hardware* check. In OpenBSD's case, I don't use any other packages or ports, only what comes on the official CD, for the same reason.
Going forward, I will substitute gNewSense for Debian for HW testing (no slam on Debian here; I use it a lot in production and will certainly continue!). OpenBSD will also remain, due to their strict Free Software stance. And yes, I *do* make my hardware purchases based on this kind of FOSS compatibility.