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Hardware compatibility list

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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:
  • Red Hat Linux or (old)
  • Solaris:
  • Oracle Linux:
  • Novell (SUSE LInux):
  • VMware:
  • openSUSE HCL
  • Mandriva
  • ArchLinux
  • LinuxHCL (Archived by Wayback Machine)
  • Other Linux distributions:

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