Ubuntu drivers are either coded into the Linux kernel, or loaded with kernel modules. Use this tag for questions related to installing, loading and troubleshooting drivers (kernel modules).

The Ubuntu OS and installed applications will use drivers to communicate with the hardware on the computer. These drivers give information on how to access the device, often with specific ways of communicating (interrupts, how to access etc.).

This tag covers all questions relating to:

  • Questions related to driver problems/troubleshooting
  • Questions on how to wrap drivers (for cross platform use)
  • Questions on which driver to use

Drivers generally fall into two categories:

  • Device/Software driver - A program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device.

  • Hardware Device - (examples) Graphics Card, Sound Card, NIC, etc.

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