How to install a driver in Linux

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Installing a driver in Linux for a piece of hardware (such as a printer) is quite different from installing a driver in Windows. In Windows, you typically download the driver from a website, and then install the driver using a GUI. When using the Linux Terminal, you typically install a driver by installing the module using the modprobe command. After the module has been installed, the driver should be listed at:

  • /lib/modules/<version>/kernel/drivers/

For example, if you add a new network interface card (NIC) to your computer, the file that has the driver for the NIC may be listed at:

  • /lib/modules/<version>/kernel/drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/cnic.ko

 

 



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