Hardware Tools

This book hits the ground running with a look at the core of any computer: the hardware on which the OS runs. Linux runs on a broad range of hardware. Therefore, knowing how to configure the OS to handle the hardware is critically important. This section includes three chapters covering core hardware (the CPU, video hardware, sound hardware, drivers, and software/hardware interfaces), disk hardware, and external peripherals (including USB, RS-232 serial, and parallel ports; keyboards and mice; and scanners). Of course, hardware topics appear in other chapters of the book, as well, but these chapters cover the most critical hardware components, including Linux-specific issues when picking or configuring hardware.

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