Up to date Drivers for Linux / Ubuntu

Gilles Gravier ggravier at fsfe.org
Tue Jan 5 09:20:31 UTC 2010


On 05/01/2010 10:14, Kevin Ireson wrote:
> Hello,
> Noob here.
> Can anyone please tell me is there a good resources for up to date
> drivers for Ubuntu.
> Also, with up to date drivers, are most of them backward compatible?
> Thanks
> Kevin Ireson
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In general, the drivers are included with the kernel of Linux. So kernel
updates tend to bring you the most up-to-date drivers.

In addition, you have specific packages for specific drivers.

For example, should you have an NVIDIA graphics controler, you can
download the lates (proprietary) drivers from :
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us where you will see
that there are 32 and 64 bit drivers available.

Ubuntu also does a nice job of telling you if your system uses hardware
for which proprietary drivers are available and enables you to install
them directly from a nice GUI.

So there is no single answer... you mileage may vary... This is just
like the OSes from Redmond... which come with a bunch of drivers, but
you can still also download specific drivers from the vendors sites (if
/ when they support that OS).

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