Improve documentation regarding hardware - list of hardware interfaces

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30 Mar 2024 16:02 #297218 by HansU

For the official docs I think we should add a new page, perhaps after system requirements.

Yeah does fit there as well.

Forked LinuxCNC to add the page I suggest
github.com/pippin88/linuxcnc/blob/master...he-linuxcnc-software
Thoughts?
First I think I'll give it a couple of weeks for people to provide feedback.


I would add a (not necessarily complete) list of concrete devices like Mesa part numbers etc.
And maybe call it Supported Hardware?
And not sure if we should list all third-party hardware projects there which can be connected to LinuxCNC like the Arduino stuff. Maybe in a separate section.

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30 Mar 2024 21:23 #297234 by pippin88
The question is: what makes something officially supported?
How do we find what is officially supported?
Is remora supported?

I think it is useful to list hardware interface projects. The issue currently is that there is no such listing and it is very hard to find these options.

We could split it into:
1. Supported hardware (support is included in linuxcnc default installation, don't need to download extra software)
2. Hardware interfaces requiring additional software components

The problem with listing individual boards is that things change, e.g. which Mesa boards are available / produced. A list of boards

The current proposed listing is of projects and manufacturers.

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31 Mar 2024 15:30 #297289 by HansU

The question is: what makes something officially supported?
How do we find what is officially supported?


The hardware for that LinuxCNC provides a driver?
It's bit difficult to draw a line here.
A vfd for example that uses a standard serial or modbus connection could also be a supported device.
But hardware like STMBL is more like a generic drive that can be controlled by LinuxCNC but does not have a specific driver.


We could split it into:
1. Supported hardware (support is included in linuxcnc default installation, don't need to download extra software)
2. Hardware interfaces requiring additional software components

+1

The problem with listing individual boards is that things change, e.g. which Mesa boards are available / produced. A list of boards

Why a problem? This enables the opportunity to show the alternative for a discontinued/n.a. product.

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