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Old 01-16-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Is it of any advantage to install new drivers for your equipment under Ubuntu?


I read this on another forum and it just didn't make sense to me but heck what do I know. "There is no need to install drivers on new equipment when running Linux".

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and haven't had any problems.

However it sounds kinda Lame, wouldn't installing the latest drivers help the equipment/hardware?

I went into "Systems/ Hardware drivers" and clicked on it but the only thing it has to say that my graphics card is working properly.

What about my Sata DVD drive, Mother board, monitor, etc?

Am I missing something?


PS. Try updating anything from Asus (my new Sata DVD drive) you have to join, witch is literally impossible!
 
Old 01-16-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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You should already have the latest available drivers installed (You may eventually want to allow backports.) System->drivers is for proprietary drivers.
 
Old 01-16-2012, 05:26 PM   #3
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Things like monitors and DVD-drives don't need new drivers, they don't have drivers that are special to them, they use generic ones.
You mainboard chipset should work out of the box, you will get newer drivers when you update the kernel, since they come with it. But there are only three things I could think of why you actually would want newer drivers: new functions for your hardware, a fixed bug or a serious improvement in performance. If you can't achieve anything like that, why change?
 
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Things like monitors and DVD-drives don't need new drivers, they don't have drivers that are special to them, they use generic ones.
You mainboard chipset should work out of the box, you will get newer drivers when you update the kernel, since they come with it. But there are only three things I could think of why you actually would want newer drivers: new functions for your hardware, a fixed bug or a serious improvement in performance. If you can't achieve anything like that, why change?
Thanks TobiSGD, therein lies another thing that I appreciate Linux for. I wasn't sure therefore the question, thanks very much for the explanation.
 
  


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