Hardware compatibility list
A hardware compatibility list (HCL) is a list of computer hardware (typically including many types of peripheral devices) that is compatible with a particular operating system or device management software. In today's world, there is a vast amount of computer hardware in circulation, and many operating systems too. A hardware compatibility list is a database of hardware models and their compatibility with a certain operating system.
HCLs can be centrally controlled (one person or team keeps the list of hardware maintained) or user-driven (users submit reviews on hardware they have used).
There are many HCLs. Usually, each operating system will have an official HCL on its website.
Examples of HCLs
- Microsoft Windows: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/
- Red Hat Linux http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/
- Solaris: http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/hcl/index.html
- Oracle Linux: http://linux.oracle.com/hardware-certifications
- Novell (SUSE LInux): http://developer.novell.com/yessearch/
- VMware: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/
- openSUSE HCL
- LinuxHCL (Archived by Wayback Machine)
- Other Linux distributions: http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl, http://www.linux-hardware-guide.com
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