John-Paul Stewart wrote:
> [Note: Follow-ups set to comp.os.linux.hardware since my comments are
> specific to Linux.]
>
> James Harris wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me how to check for mainboard Linux support? I cannot
> > find the two motherboards below (which have eight or more SATA-II
> > connectors) on any hardware compatibility lists. Any pointers would be
> > appreciated.

>
> The brand/model of motherboard doesn't matter. What counts is the
> chipset on the board.
>
> One of the most comprehensive sites for info on SATA support under Linux
> is http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html. Unfortunately, the
> chipsets on the boards you mention are all very new, and consequently
> not yet on the list. There's a chance they'll work with drivers for
> older, similar chipsets. There's a chance the manufacturer has changed
> things enough that a completely new driver will be needed. You either
> have to try and see for yourself or wait for information to be posted.
>
> In many cases, searching Google/Google Groups is the only way to get
> information about very new chipsets. Doing so suggests that the Intel
> ICH8R you mentioned isn't supported yet, but the JMicron is supported in
> the very newest Linux kernels. No word on the nForce 590
>
> In short, it looks like the information you're seeking just doesn't
> exist at the moment.


Thanks. That's pretty much what it seemed but I thought I maybe was
failing to find something obvious.