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Linux-friendly major motherboard manufacturers?

dotancohen (1015143) writes | about a year ago

Hardware 2

dotancohen writes "I am tasked with building a few Linux machines for a small office. However, all the currently available motherboards seem to be Linux-hostile. For instance, in addition to the whole UEFI issue, my last install was a three-day affair due to the motherboard reporting a Linux-supported ethernet device (the common RTL8168) whilst it was actually using a GbE Ethernet device that does not work with the legacy drivers and didn't even work with a test Windows 7 install until the driver disk was installed. There are no current HCL for Debian or Ubuntu and I've written to Asus and Gigabyte but from both have received the expected reply: No official Linux support, install Windows for best experience.

Note that I did even turn to the two large local computer vendors asking if they could provide Linux-compatible machines ready to go, but neither of them would be of any help. What globally-available motherboards or motherboard manufacturers can one recommend today?"

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You could try... (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about a year ago | (#42410153)

According to Phoronix [phoronix.com] , the Intel DZ77GA-70K and the ECS Golden Board Z77H2-A2X are fine for Linux. It is implied that almost any motherboard with the Intel Z77 chip set should be OK for linux. They did a longer follow-up review on the ECS Z77H2-A2X Ultimate Golden Edition Extreme [phoronix.com] with linux.

Our two desktops at home have Asus P5Q pro [asus.com] motherboards, but they were bought two and three years ago and only have quad-core processors. These PCs are linux-only, needless to say, and run quite nicely. I'm sort-of keeping up with motherboards, as we'll probably want to upgrade or replace these PCs in a few more years.

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