Linux device drivers

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Author: DeaongrabLocation: USA PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:08 am    Post subject: Linux device drivers

I recently bought a new computer which had pre-installed Linux, but there was no driver disc. I want to install Ubuntu. What should I do? Do I need to buy a new driver disc?

Thank you in advance.

Last edited by Deaongrab on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:20 pm; edited 1 time in total

Author: DHay13Location: Pittsburgh, PA PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:45 pm    Post subject:
i've installed ubuntu on several machines and never needed any additional drivers. what drivers are you looking for?

if you mean you need an ubuntu operating system disk then it is a free download. download the .ISO image and burn it to a disk. i believe ubuntu 9.10 is the most recent.

Author: RoboGeekLocation: LeRoy, IL PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:40 pm    Post subject:
I use Mepis and have never had to add drivers, even for wireless adapters

Author: crane PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:00 am    Post subject:
On Linux OS there are no drivers in the way they are on windows.

Generally you don't have to install additionally drivers.

But perhaps it can be possible that you have to install a propritary graphics driver like the nvidia driver to user 3d effects or a driver for your wifi card. Then you have two ways to install them.
First, you use yur package management system from your distribution or you download the driver from the vendor and install / or compile and build it on the way it is describe in the read me file or in the wiki of your distribution.

If you want to know, wich driver you have to install additionally, please look in the HCL (hardware compatibility list) of your distribution (for example the HCL for ubuntu

Author: bradcamry PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 5:39 am    Post subject:
There are several different devices in Linux. Linux manages the machine’s hardware in a simple and efficient manner, offering the user a simple and uniform programming interface. Since Linux follows the UNIX model, and in UNIX everything is a file, users talk with device drivers through device files.

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