Fedora Queries for Laptop
Jigar Sutaria wrote:
I have Dell Inspiron with all latest configuration. I want to know
In the Linux world, the phrase "all latest configuration" is a
meaningless one. See below.
following work with Fedora or not
If they are working any configuration required or not (Any document
reference that can help me knowing this)
1. Bluetooth data/voice
2. USB Flash Drive
3. USB Hard Drive
4. Playing Movies VCD/DVD
5. Playing Music
6. Telephony Tools
And the answer is ... *maybe*
You need to provide more details of the particular devices.
Bluetooth tends to work, but, not being a bluetooth user (other than my
laptop supports it), I can't give you any details.
USB Flash drives tend to work fairly well. The USB Storage device
interface seems to be well solved on Linux. You will probably have more
problems with the filesystem type on the USB stick than with the stick
Ditto for USB hard drives, though, there was a USB Hard Drive that had
problems on Linux because the manufacturers ignored the USB storage
standard and implemented an ms only shortcut which caused the drives to
fail to work properly on Linux. There were solutions published for how
to get around this, but ultimately, the manufacturers were at fault.
Movies (multimedia in general) is problematic. Some solutions may not
be "legal" in some locations. Getting around DRM is illegal in some
countries. Solutions exist. You will need to find them.
Read as much as you can in the Fedora Release Notes about multimedia,
and the supporting documents (like FedoraGuide.info).
The same with Music, but, in general, there are enough tools out there
that can either play or convert odd codecs into something that *is*
There are a number of Telephony tools out there. It depends on your
exact requirements. Skype, MythPhone, Ekiga, and others exist.
If you are having problems with your microphone, post about them here.
Most microphones are a simple device and should work with the Linux
sound systems. Note, Pulseaudio in F9 is new and different from
previous versions of Fedora. There are still a few rough spots with it
on some hardware.
Webcams are a different matter. Not all webcams work. You *will* need
to know the chipset it uses and arrange to use the appropriate driver
for it (if one exists). Many of the drivers out there are still ALPHA
quality, a few are BETA quality, and others work well enough for general
use. YMMV, and you need to be aware. Laptop Manufacturers change the
underlying hardware at a whim because of supply/demand issues and
versioning without thinking of us poor Linux users.
Most cameras work as USB (or Firewire) storage devices, and can be
mounted directly into your files system. Of course, then you have to
navigate to the proper subdirectory to actually find your pics/vids.
Others can use tools like gphoto2 to access your camera memory directly.
Again, YMMV, and it depends on which camera you have. Older cameras
are more likely to be problematic than newer ones.
Scanners need to be twain compatible in order to work correctly. What
bus does it use? USB is common today, SCSI and Parallel was common a
few years ago. Parallel port scanners have the worst support. They are
also the least common today.
Kevin J. Cummings
Registered Linux User #1232 (http://counter.li.org)
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