Can I ask about Ubuntu native (just plug it in) hardware support here? I didn't see the word "hardware" on the tour. If this isn't the correct place, where should I ask?

If it IS on topic, can that be added to the tour please?

  • That's kind of a broad question about questions! People often ask about a specific problem with a specific piece of hardware, hoping that someone will have experience with it and that often does work. If you post a generic "What's the best graphics..." then your question will probably be close as being too broad or primarily opinion based. I'd go ahead and try your question, though! Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 14:28
  • I will move this to meta once it lets me.
    Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 14:45
  • @CharlesGreen that's fair. I often have a very specific need and find conflicting information after doing my research, and can't get a clear answer if there even is a solution. I'm not looking for best - just functional, and even so the pool is often minimal to not-clear-if-it-exists outside of Windows support.
    Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 14:47
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    I looked through meta-askubuntu briefly, and find that they don't like 'hardware shopping' related question and stack-exchange - diagnosing and fixing are a different matter. You might also consider throwing out a question about this topic on the AskUbuntu general chat room Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 14:50
  • Ah - I see you did that! Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 14:51
  • The problem is this is often a reoccurring issue for people and by forcing it to go to chat or other transient locations, the information is repeatedly lost. I have unanswered forum posts on other sites which have closed with no responses or searches on google which pull up my questions from a decade ago as the best result... just with a lot of "me too" and "did anyone ever figure this out" type posts.
    Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 14:59
  • Maybe at hardwarerecs, another SE site? Commented Nov 17, 2018 at 15:11
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    Note if your question is "Does ABC123 work on Ubuntu?" and ABC123 is a specific piece of hardware there is a chance your quesiton will be closed as broad, unclear, or will just go unanswered or have half-effort answers. There's no guarantee vague questions like this are answerable here on Ask Ubuntu. As for hardware recommendation requests, those are offtopic and belong on the Hardware Recs site that Charles linked,
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 14:07

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A huge number of questions on Ask Ubuntu are about hardware support. Most of the questions tagged and and many other questions with broad tags such as are hardware-specific.

You will find many questions along the lines of

How do I get this particular {printer scanner soundcard webcam Bluetooth-headset} to work with Ubuntu?

Obviously these questions are on topic :)

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