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Posted on 06-20-2002 11:35 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

In theory, yes, you could probably install any Linux distribution on any PC.
However, there are some real world limitations that may not permit you to
install your distribution of choice on just any old computer. Most major
distributions (and any one worth using for anything more than experimentation)
will have a list of minimum hardware requirements. As long as your computer
meets those requirements, you most likely will have no problems.

There are some caveats to keep in mind though: Although Linux can do much
better than its primary commercial competitor using cheap hardware, it is
often worth the extra effort to find and use quality components. For example,
I highly advocate using SCSI hard drives for any serious computing platform.
IDE drives are cheap, but they don't compare to SCSI's performance in a
multi-tasking system with a higher load and number of users. As well, if
you've a system without a floppy drive or CDROM, you'll have much more
difficulty installing any distribution. Compatibility is also important: If
the hardware in your computer cannot run without a specific Windows driver,
and no-one has created a Linux driver for it, you are out of luck! If you're
not sure, you should at least take a look at the Hardware HOWTO before trying
to install a distro. We have a copy here on the SyrLUG site:

http://www.syrlug.org/docs/howtos/Hardware-HOWTO/index.html

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