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Model-specific Linux distros

Linux distributions designed for specific computer models
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It would be cool to have a linux distro designed for specific computer models, such as "Dell 2400" or "Gateway Such'n'such".

The distro can include drivers for all the standard hardware that might be on the system. Home users don't change their hardware that often, anyway.

A lot of hardware, such as video, ethernet, sound, is built-in to the motherboard nowadays.

lawpoop, Aug 08 2003

Gentoo http://www.gentoo.org/
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       Hopefully soon all hardware vendors will be shipping Linux drivers with their products. Maybe Dell is doing this ... ?? ... I don't know. Lindows probably is or should via their PC at Wal-Mart.
sfitchet, Aug 08 2003
  

       Gentoo Linux does this for chips. Not fish 'n chips. Rods Tiger can tell you allllll about Gentoo.
thumbwax, Aug 08 2003
  

       What'd I tell ya? I typed anno, found link...
thumbwax, Aug 08 2003
  

       [Rods] I think a model-specific distrobution might help those who are not technically inclined, but still want to try linux.   

       "Will linux work with my machine?"   

       "What video card do you have?"   

       "I don't know, it's a Gateway 4650".   

       That guy has probably never taken the case off of the system.   

       This way, Joe Nongeek just gets the distro designed specifically for his model.
lawpoop, Aug 08 2003
  

       I've actually had bad luck with knoppix. The only places I've gotten it to run is on very recent, high-end laptops.   

       It seems to freeze on the hardware detection phase.   

       So, I figure, assume that Joe Nongeek has a standard, brand-name model computer, you can remove most of the hardware detection from the get go.   

       But Knoppix is a good idea.
lawpoop, Aug 08 2003
  

       stupid idea. it is better to have one distro that runs on all hardware free drivers are available for.
erlehmann, Jan 11 2008
  

       Recently baked. My Asus Eee PC has model specific Linux Xandros OS.
Pellepeloton, Nov 16 2008
  

       Similarly, my Acer Aspire One* netbook also has a model- specific Linpus Lite.   

       * (because Apple can't be bothered making a netbook, and on a netbook the actual OS is pretty much unimportant as long as you can find the web browser).
Ian Tindale, Nov 16 2008
  

       I was thinking along the lines of a piece of software that interrogates the hardware and generates a concise description file . Once this information file is obtained , a highly specific and tiny linux OS can be built out there in the internet and returned .   

       This would reduce size and dependancy on do-it-all pre-compiled kernels . Although, new gear would need modules or if used often , may need a new interrogation and rebuild .
wjt, Nov 19 2008
  
      
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