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LPIC-1/CompTIA Linux+™ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Robb Tracy

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Working with Linux Drivers

Back in the “old” days of Linux, working with hardware was hit or miss at best. If you were installing commonly used hardware from a well-known vendor, it would usually work. However, if you were installing specialty hardware or hardware from a less-visible vendor, chances were that the device wouldn’t work under Linux.

Why? The key issue was driver support. Linux wasn’t taken seriously in those days, so most hardware vendors didn’t invest any time in developing a Linux driver for their hardware. Unless you were capable of writing your own driver, you had to rely on the good graces of a software developer somewhere in the world taking the time to write one that would support your hardware.

Fortunately, things have changed ...

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