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This is probably an FAQ so sorry if I'm wasting anyone's time, but please point me in the right direction (and by the way, I can't see newsgroups).

I want to run both Linux and Windoze on a PC or clone, but I'm not sure which hardware items are supported. Naturally I want the best PC for my money, but I wondered what the situation was with non-Intel processors. Also, does Linux support any plug and play peripherals? Would I have to disable these?

What are the merits of the different distibutions? Do they all have the same kernel? In particular, I want X11 Release 5 or 6 so that I can run X applications across a network.

Can someone point me to a web site which will answer all my questions? I require quite a level of detail on supported motherboards, chipsets, CPUs, graphics cards, disk/CD drives etc.

TIA
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RedHat is also a well developed and maintained distribution.  There web pages (including links to supported hardware) are available at URL:  http://www.redhat.com/

Most distributions of Linux for the PC (including RedHat) use XFree86.  The current version information can be found at URL: http://www.xfree86.org/

For RedHat try support->Documentation->Red Hat Linux (URL: http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/rhl/).  From here select an architecture platform (like Intel).  From here there are hardware compatiblity listings for each version of RedHat Linux (like the current 5.2).
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OK, thanks for the help and sorry to be so long in answering. Also, thanks to 'benten' - your comment was also useful. One outstanding question though - are AGP buses supported? The Red Hat site said 'not listed=not supported'. Does anyone know differently?
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AGP to the OS looks just like another PCI bus (with very minor differences; i.e., it can be detected).  I have AGP devices that work just fine with RedHat 5.2
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