I will need a new computer pretty soon, and am planning on building a dual-boot Windows/Linux box for weekend programming and play. Unfortunately, this will be my first time building a pc from the ground up and I'm a total novice when it comes to Linux. The *nix OS I was considering was CentOS based on a friend's recommendation, but I'm not sure about that yet. If this was just a Windows box I wouldn't be too worried, but I know with *nix stable drivers may not be readily available.
Besides this, is there anything else to watch out for? More specifically:
- What roadblocks should I be aware of before purchasing parts for and building a pc that will have a Linux-booting partition (besides driver compatibility)?
- Is the *nix community or the hardware manufacturer the right place to go for looking up compatibility?