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I'm wanting to setup centos on a local machine. What hardware can I buy so I know it will work when installing?

Are there some standard configs that just work?

Do some hardware brands work better than others - seems HP drivers are often in the kernel?

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closed as too localized by Ben Pilbrow, MadHatter, Bart De Vos, Iain, Sven Aug 24 '11 at 11:30

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Red Hat maintains a database of formally-supported hardware which is the ultimate authority. In my experience, any reputable component vendor that's not too cutting-edge is likely to be fine. I particularly look for Intel motherboards, graphics cards and NIC chipsets, because they work pretty well with the free-software community.

Weird motherboards intended for gamers, with high-end graphics cards, tend not to work at all well.

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Yes, I'm aware that it's slightly hypocritical to answer a question and vote to close it. I regretted my vote once it was done, and thought that actually it wasn't a silly question after all; but there seems to be no way to recant a vote to close even if there haven't yet been enough votes to do so. Sorry. – MadHatter Aug 24 '11 at 11:34
I think you can vote to reopen, but one vote does not a close question make. Others agreed with your initial vote, so don't feel bad. – Bart Silverstrim Aug 24 '11 at 12:08
Bart: that's a much appreciated reality check - thank you! – MadHatter Aug 24 '11 at 12:44
This was closed as it's an unusual thing - to setup a local server perhaps? This is how programmers often test their code, it saves transmitting the files to the repos and deploying to a web server before testing - I imagine this to be a very common use of a web server, certainly is amongst the programmers I know. – Boz Aug 25 '11 at 10:50

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