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    Is there an alternative/equivalent for Driver Genius under linux?

    Driver Genius is a piece of software that you can use to extract/pull/save/leach the drivers of a certain piece of hardware under MS Windows in order to save it for feature use with an other similar machine

    OR the concept is different in linux? cause the drivers are integrated inside the kernel?


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    Linux Engineer GNU-Fan's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    The problem is that driver+kernel are somewhat more interwoven in Linux.
    While we too have modules which can be loaded at runtime, the module must fit very tightly to the specific kernel.

    So both machines would need to run exactly matching kernels. But if the kernels are the same, the available modules would be too. Therefore the transfer from one machine to the other would be unnecessary in turn.

    What maybe comes closest to your idea is the installer of the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver. If you run it, it checks if there is a driver module available online for the kernel version you use. If this is the case, the module is downloaded and installed.

    But if no matching kernel is found, another module is loaded and a layer of "glue" will be created dynamically so that it will fit your custom kernel.
    Debian GNU/Linux -- You know you want it.

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    Linux Newbie theNbomr's Avatar
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    May 2007
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    Driver hoarding is not generally required in Linux. How would you see the scheme you describe being used? I have a hard time finding a problem for such a solution.
    --- rod.
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