This page lists articles which describe how to install and configure your hardware. Technical words can be used but must be explained.
Specifics and improvements
How to change your platform (architecture) Migrate PC(i386) to PowerPC(powerpc) (in french).
Opencores, open hardware.
The Kernel Accelerator Device, document in PDF format.
http://www.coreboot.org/ Boot faster with Free Software.
Hardware book: Internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable descriptions.
Other External links
Knoppix Hardware Compatible List (in German)