[clug] Re:Linux Hardware Database (was USB Wireless in Canberra)
rpeters at pcug.org.au
Wed Mar 8 05:55:24 GMT 2006
I certainly think that such a database would be worthwhile and would join in,
although I have no knowledge to contribute to the current wireless networking
I tried a similar database for a Linux Learner's SIG. Its usefulness is
limited by only a few people contributing and the info being fairly patchy.
FWIW, we use a wiki as the user interface.
A much larger group, such as CLUG, would have a better chance of making a go
of it. I think the key requirements would be:
make contributing easy
get to a critical mass of data as quickly as practical
The latter would be a big ask as individuals have differing interests &
priorities. Perhaps ask members to target topical items first eg wireless
networking followed by USB hosts & peripherals.
One potential pitfall with such a database would be allowing obsolete
assessments to remain in it. Identifying the level required for various
packages helps, but newbies are generally reluctant to upgrade parts of a
distro. They would be reluctant to buy an item having that prerequisite,
whereas it may well work with a later version of a distro, as released.
On Wednesday 08 March 2006 14:09, linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> Re: [clug] USB Wireless in Canberra
> Date: Today 13:57:03
> From: Robert Edwards <bob at cs.anu.edu.au>
> To: adavid at adavid.com.au
> CC: linux at lists.samba.org
> Harris Technology in Fyshwick may also have some appropriate dongles.
> On a slightly off-topic, I would be keen to see a user-contributed
> database of what Linux-friendly hardware is available from where in
> Canberra (maybe Australia) and possibly how-much it cost at time of
> purchase and what experiences were had in making it go on which-ever
> We can provide hosting for the database/website, but I haven't enough
> time to think through the whole thing at this point.
> Anyone think this might be worthwhile and want to join in?
> Bob Edwards.
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