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The hardware testing angle--that's an important issue

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.188.247.104] 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:

Debian GNU/Linux
OpenBSD

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.

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