Hardware Supported with YDLv6.x
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This page showcases systems which Fixstars has been contracted to support or moves to support to the best of its ability as internal resources and
community involvement allow. Fixstars cannot guarantee that a particular computer, independent of what is offered below, will function at your
personal, desired level. As such, please take note of the following 3 bullets:
- On-board devices (ie: audio, USB, wireless) which are common to many systems and generally supported to the same degree are noted at the bottom of this page.
- On-board devices supported on some but not other models will be called-out as a Note, below.
- On-board devices not found anywhere on this page should NOT be assumed to be supported nor functional with the following products.
- The Cell and RSX (GPU) are fully supported.
40GB, 60GB, 80GB
- The Nvidia graphics card is not supported beyond framebuffer mode. This does not reduce the quality of the image, but does not provide accelerated
(3D) video nor OpenGL support.
- The Bluetooth keyboard and mouse may work under Linux, but will require additional configuration. We recommend a USB keyboard and mouse or USB to
Bluetooth adapter (dongle).
- The PS3 requires an HDMI or Component cable in order for Linux to be usable. Refer to the these HOWTOs for information about HDMI, Multi-Out and associated TV/Monitor
- The Network Manager application (used to discover and connect to WiFi networks) does not function with the PS3. Instead, you must manually enter the
ESSID via the Network Configuration (system-config-network) tool, available from the YDL Menu ==> Applications ==> System Tools.
- Optical audio has now been verified to function by a YDL customer.
Device support common to many systems
Many thanks to EveryMac.com for providing an organizational foundation for this portion of the
- Audio (sound): Audio functions with all known systems with the release of YDL v4.1 and forward, unless otherwise stated above.
- Sleep: Sleep functions on portables with ATI video cards, unless otherwise stated above.
- 10/100/1000 ethernet: All on-board ethernet cards are fully supported unless otherwise stated above.
- Wireless: The 802.11b and 802.11g protocols are supported.
Apple's original Airports is fully, automatically supported. Apple's Airport Extreme is also supported with the release of YDL v5.0 and forware. However,
to gain functionality, the end-user must copy a section of code from OSX to Linux, as explained in the HOWTOS.
Some PCMCIA Wi-Fi cards and USB Wi-Fi keys may be supported. Review the HOWTOS for more information.
- MODEMS: Modern MODEMS do not often function due to a transition (early 2000s) from 'hardware' MODEMs to 'software' MODEMs which rely upon
proprietary algorithms to simulate what used to be physical hardware, reducing the cost of manufacturing. Software MODEMs are challenging, sometimes
impossible to reverse engineer, resulting in lack of support. There are some external USB modems which may function under Linux. A Google search will provide current information.
- Bluetooth: While supported with YDL v4.0 and forward, this does not ensure all Bluetooth devices will function. Refer to the HOWTOs for more information.
- USB and FireWire: This protocol is fully supported for data transfer, but not booting. However, the driver correlating to the USB or FireWire
device must be present and functional in order to gain functionality. Most USB devices will be readily available through the Desktop Manager as a
mountable device when attached.
- DVD, Super-drive: YDL offers boot and data transfer support for these removable devices. DVD movies may be played using freely available, 3rd
party software. However, use of this software may be deemed illegal by certain regulatory agencies.
- CPUs: Single, dual, quad, and mult-core (Cell) CPUs are fully supported.
- PCMCIA: These expansion ports are fully supported. However, the driver (and sometimes firmware) correlating to the PCMCIA card must be present
in order for YDL to offer functionality. The Yellow Dog HOWTOs offer instruction for
particular PCMCIA cards, or post a query on the yellowdog-general list.
- PCI/AGP: These slots are fully supported. However, the driver correlating to the PCI/AGP card must be present and functional (for YDL) in order
to gain functionality. Note that x86 graphics cards do not readily function in a Power architecture system without eumulation at the firmware level.
- ATA, SATA, SCSI: Fully supported.