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lol its nice and easy to dump a modprobe -l

ill attach the one i dumped into a text file running the 2.6.36-2.dmz.5-liquorix-686 kernel on crunchbang all 3010 lines of it lol...

wonder how small the kernel modules list is on a custom kernel
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lots of those are for archaic hardware that probably hasn't been made in 10 years

wifi seems to be the biggest area of lack of driver development still...but it is a lot better now than it was 5 years ago

capture/tv tuner cards seem to be the other weak area, but v4l seems to double in size of year on support devices. so eventually you will have to go out of your way and buy some sort of obscure chinese 4th party not to have a driver for it...

not sure about printers, i only purchase canon printers, and everyone i've had in the last 5 years have had linux drivers...HP is another one i've heard having excellent driver support for their printers but i have no first hand experience to speak of on those.

the other problem there exist, it might have a driver for linux, but doesn't support all the features the device is capable of, i have a mouse like that, no matter how i set it up in xorg, only the left and right click's work, the other 18 buttons on it, doesn't...so i don't use that one (its an off brand chinese knock off i picked up at a swap meet for a dollar, so i'm not really worried about it.)

and poor ati could always use a lot of work
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lots of those are for archaic hardware that probably hasn't been made in 10 years

wifi seems to be the biggest area of lack of driver development still...but it is a lot better now than it was 5 years ago

capture/tv tuner cards seem to be the other weak area, but v4l seems to double in size of year on support devices. so eventually you will have to go out of your way and buy some sort of obscure chinese 4th party not to have a driver for it...

not sure about printers, i only purchase canon printers, and everyone i've had in the last 5 years have had linux drivers...HP is another one i've heard having excellent driver support for their printers but i have no first hand experience to speak of on those.

the other problem there exist, it might have a driver for linux, but doesn't support all the features the device is capable of, i have a mouse like that, no matter how i set it up in xorg, only the left and right click's work, the other 18 buttons on it, doesn't...so i don't use that one (its an off brand chinese knock off i picked up at a swap meet for a dollar, so i'm not really worried about it.)

and poor ati could always use a lot of work
Printers and wireless are still a dilemma. I think wireless is getting better in linux
    
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You need a custom kernel to strip out all that crud you don't need
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