Although Linux is a software product, it depends heavily on the hardware upon which it runs—and Linux runs on a very wide range of hardware. For this reason, knowing how to get Linux working best with your computer's hardware is a critically important skill, which is why this book begins with several chapters on hardware. This chapter begins the examination with several hardware components that reside on the motherboard or on boards attached directly to it—the CPU, video hardware, and audio hardware. This chapter also describes how to get Linux to recognize hardware devices, including many covered in subsequent chapters. Finally, this chapter concludes with a look at the /procfilesystem, which is a window onto the hardware. Knowing how to use /proc can help you diagnose and fix hardware problems.

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