How do I know if my computer is compatible with Ubuntu?

Computer with UbuntuAlthough today many of us usually buy a generic computer or built by parts, still the majority purchase of equipment is still by brands. Unfortunately Ubuntu computers are not distributed by default and of course we are not given the possibility to choose an operating system. For this reason, many of you have the question How do I know if my computer is compatible with Ubuntu? A good question that the Ubuntu guys are helping to solve.

For several months Ubuntu has closed a page where we can search our team and find out if Ubuntu is compatible or not. You can find this website here! and it is quite up to date since we find devices like the Intel Compute Stick that are not yet sold worldwide. It is a great guide to know if our equipment is really compatible with Ubuntu or it is not. And if it is, which version is compatible with it.

And if my computer is built in pieces, how do I know if it is compatible with Ubuntu?

The Free Software Foundation has long launched a website with a database of the vast majority of components that we can consult and know if it is compatible or not with Gnu / Linux and by extension with Ubuntu. The good thing about Ubuntu is that it not only supports drivers and components compatible with Gnu / Linux but also supports drivers and proprietary software so the range of compatibility is wide. Even so, it is good to consult this database because it can help us choose the ideal component when building our computer and even help us in case of a problem with the hardware or with the updates.


If you did not know these web pages, save them in your bookmarks since I think they are of vital interest, at least when working with the hardware and installations. Although Ubuntu is very open and compatible, it is impossible to know the whole list of components and computers compatible with Ubuntu. Hence, it says about adding it to bookmarks, it is a tool that we can waste time without consulting but it could also be the information that saves your life What do you think? Did you know these pages?

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  1.   Javier said

    Another way to know if our equipment is compatible with Ubuntu, you can also start Ubuntu through a USB and mark the option to try without installing (or something like that), so that you can see if the audio works for you, if the video is fluid; ...

  2.   Pepe Barrascout said

    Using a USB-Live could be a first test, although it is not necessarily 100% exact, because in some cases it may be necessary to install a driver for a video card, audio card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, card readers, webcams, pads. , etc.

    If it is a good way to start, but not the final one. In addition, to get to this point, we must already have the machine compared or assembled or have it physically with us, something that is not possible if we buy it online or if we are buying it in parts. Even when you go to the store where they are sold, they generally do not let you do this type of test, due to warranty and other policies.

    Personally I prefer to consult the pages mentioned in the article and read the comments posted in forums or team reviews.

  3.   Thomas said

    Hello good, from the page you link there is no Asus brand to check compatibility, this brand does not manufacture compatible equipment? Thanks

    1.    Manual said

      Hi Thomas, I have an Asus k53sj from the year 2011 with a 520gb nvidia Gforce GT 1M video card and I have no problems with Ubuntu 20.04.

  4.   Nick0bre said

    I think it would be interesting to update this page, with a revision of this issue for 2020 .. since everything has changed for 5 years, there are even computer companies that sell certain models with Ubuntu installed, there are also companies that have asked for it ( Lenovo, HP, Dell) and also the permanent development of the Linux kernel team integrating new drivers and opensource extensions for proprietary software.

  5.   Ewald said

    I have an HP Touchsmart 520-1020la, and I wanted to give it a new life with Ububtu 19.10, however when installing, it loads the Ubuntu logo and the image disappears completely, as if the monitor (which is integrated since it is all in one).
    I try again, this time in safe graphics, and it installs, but when I run it the screen turns off.
    Is there any solution???