3.1.1 Hardware compatibility basics
Linux is compatible with most PC hardware and can be installed to almost any
system. For me it was as easy as installing Windows 95/98/Me. The hardware
compatibility list just seems to keep growing.
If you have a laptop PC, check
Linux on Laptops for
installation pointers by brand and model.
My recommendation for desktop PC hardware is "Just be conservative":
SCSI rather than IDE for work, IDE/ATAPI HD for private use.
IDE/ATAPI CD-ROM (or CD-RW).
PCI rather than ISA, especially for the network card (NIC).
Use a cheap NIC. Tulip for PCI, NE2000 for ISA are good.
Avoid PCMCIA (notebook) as your first Linux install.
No USB keyboard, mouse, ... unless you want a challenge.
If you have a slow machine, yanking out the hard drive and plugging it into
another faster machine for installation is a good idea.