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Re: Proprietary drivers management

Georgi Naplatanov wrote:
> On 12/8/20 4:47 AM, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> > 
> > 3. What is a "driver" after all in Linux terms? A kernel module, an
> > Xserver loadable module? How do you "install a driver"? (in FreeBSD you
> > either enable/load a kernel module, or make something like
> > xorg/modules/drivers/intel_drv.so available to the Xserver).
> > 
> drivers can be:
>  - kernel space only - Network Interface Card (NIC) for example, USB,
> SATA controllers, etc.

They come in the form of *.ko files under /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/,

>  - kernel space + user space drivers - video drivers

These user space video drivers probably come as *.so modules for the
Xserver, like in FreeBSD?

>  - user space only drivers - printers, scanners, etc.

These are not very interesting (like ghostscript printer "drivers" etc).
> > How do you "install a driver"?
> It depends how particular driver is packaged what kind it is. If the
> driver is included in Linux kernel then you don't have to do anything.

Are there .deb packages (other than linux-image-*.deb itself ) which
install kernel drivers?

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
2:5005/49@fidonet http://vas.tomsk.ru/

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