if you buy a raid card, you are pretty much guaranteed that it works in linux.

The link about the realtek chip: read that again, will you?

http://www.semiaccurate.com/2009/06/...ps-snapdragon/

If you have a soundcard that was not made in the last 2 years, you have a good chance it will not work in Vista. Same for vid cards.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...e-cripple-asus
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...ts-rocky-patch
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...el-foxconn-dea

As always, I do have sources. And unlike you, I don't insult people.