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Installing device drivers on Fedora 28

asked 2018-10-26 05:09:48 -0600

Rajiv Iyer gravatar image


Below are my PC specs: Gigabyte motherboard Intel Core i5 16GB RAM 1TB HDD

Previously I had Windows 10 installed on my PC. When I installed Windows 10 on my PC, I had to install drivers like: - Intel Management Engine Mass Storage Display Sound Network PCI Bus SM Bus

I have now migrated to Fedora 28. Post installation I see that: - Display works - matches with the resolution on Windows 10 Sound works

I was curious on how to find out any missing drivers for the OS. Is there an App which I can use to find out or which gives me the information for my PC component.

Does NeoFetch work for Fedora? I see it is available for Ubuntu.


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In Linux, device drivers are provided by the linux kernel. There are a few exceptions, like proprietary Nvidia and AMD graphics drivers. But in general, there is no need to install drivers like in Windows. Even the Nvidia and AMD drivers should be configured to come from a repository and will be updated with the rest of the system when you run "dnf update". There are lots of guides how to do this. Then there is the lm_sensors software that provides sensor information, but I haven't used it in a while, so I don't know the status of it.

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answered 2018-10-26 07:39:16 -0600

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updated 2018-10-26 10:51:30 -0600

Yes you can install neofetch :

You need to have dnf-plugins-core installed on your system, or else install it with the command below:

sudo yum install dnf-plugins-core

Enable COPR repository and install neofetch package.

Copr is an easy-to-use automatic build system providing a package repository as its output.

sudo dnf copr enable konimex/neofetch  
sudo dnf install neofetch

Another ways to obtain hardware configuration :

  1. Ask_fedora_guidelines

Read this part :

Provide information about to help people help you better: People can't help you if you do not provide specific information on the issue you face. Some commands and logs that you should look for information to provide with your questions:

Type this command in terminal :

`lsusb `: Information on USB devices
`lspci`: Information on PCI devices
`dmesg`: Kernel messages
`uname -a`: Current running kernel

NOTE : in linux all drivers are EMBEDED in linux Kernel don't need to install anything, altought a few are missing like some specific wifi and sound card.

O.P if you ask us -> I want to know if there is a centralised site where all Hardware is listed in terms of compatability with Linux?

answer : Centralized, I don't think so.

explanation :

but with this 4 command describe above and it's repective id you can obtain enough information to start a research if something don't got well...


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answered 2018-10-26 12:21:09 -0600

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MS Windows is provided by a single company (Microsoft) and supports only a clearly defined (contractually negotiated) subset of the PC hardware space. Other hardware manufacturers don't have their device drivers included for various reasons (unable to deal with Microsoft, too new to be included in the last release, too small of a niche to bother, etc.) so their device drivers are distributed through other channels and require individual and separate installation by the end user.

Linux is community developed and supported. If a lone developer happens to have an XDR-5419J6© rayzip® modifier™ and develops a device driver for it and contributes it to the community, then Linux supports the device for all users.

The result is that Linux seems to support all devices intrinsically. For the few that it doesn't, there are mechanisms to install device drivers on a running system (insmod and modprobe)

To inspect Linux's device configuration, try modprobe -c (from a terminal command line). This won't say what is missing. Only what is installed.

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