A fairly common problem when running an OS other than Windows is finding well-supported hardware. I'm actually surprised we're not getting more questions about this. Well, we've just had one, and I wonder how we should respond.
Do we want to have a question about touchpads with certain specific requirements? A general question about pointing devices? A general question about finding hardware support lists?
Related prior discussions:
- Date specific questions Doesn't go beyond “product recommendations bad”. I want to distinguish between recommendations (what's a good X) and information (what X works under Linux).
- Can we allow somewhat time-sensitive 3D graphics hardware questions? The responses were specifically about a certain subcategory of questions (general questions about foo devices).
- For Ask Ubuntu: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/1186/are-hardware-recommendations-considered-off-topic It's easier for Ubuntu which has a few official sources; and even that is incomplete (there's a good chance none of the hardware on these lists is available in your part of the world).
- For Super User: hardware recommendations are shopping questions and those are evil. But niche cases can be ok, perhaps.