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    ... and this time it's about drivers for different distributions.

    If I want to install drivers for my harware, does it matter what linux distribution I'm running ? Are linux drivers for all distribs the same or are they so different that individual driver sets are needed ?

    Stupid question sure, but I'm curious !

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    From what I know about Linux (not much at all) it seems the major difference between many drivers is SMP support. There almost always seems to be a uniprocessor version and an SMP one for most drivers..... :?:
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    hmmmmmmm, ok feeling stupid.... what's SMP ?? :?:
    I guess "P" stands for processor right ?!

    The reason I started the thread is that I want to try and get my usb modem working under linux (I've posted a seperate thread about that). After checking out Aztechs website I thought they had drivers for Red Hat 7.2. I emailed Aztech and asked them about the drivers, they replied saying that they only have support for Mandrake Linux 8.0.

    I'd always thought that it'd make no difference ??? I guess the follow up question is should I try and get hold of Mandrake or can I stick with Red Hat ? :confused:



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    SMP stands for Symmetrical Multi Processing, a fancy name for more than one CPU
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    lol, just trying to big note it and make it sound good huh ?

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    ... and I got the "P" wrong too ! Oh well, I was close !
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrodgE
    hmmmmmmm, ok feeling stupid.... what's SMP ?? :?:
    I guess "P" stands for processor right ?!

    The reason I started the thread is that I want to try and get my usb modem working under linux (I've posted a seperate thread about that). After checking out Aztechs website I thought they had drivers for Red Hat 7.2. I emailed Aztech and asked them about the drivers, they replied saying that they only have support for Mandrake Linux 8.0.

    I'd always thought that it'd make no difference ??? I guess the follow up question is should I try and get hold of Mandrake or can I stick with Red Hat ? :confused:



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    If they have a driver for mandrake it *SHOULD* work with another distro.

    But if you get stuck here is s ite that'll give you plenty to read about getting WinModem's working under Linux..

    http://www.linmodems.org/

    catchy name isn't it?

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    support meaning it will or should go into mandrake flawlessly but for other distros there may be a little "tweaking" required
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    Device drivers in linux are handled by kernel modules, so if a device is supported then there will be a kernel module for it and it won't matter wheather you use redhat or mandrake or peanut-linux because they all have a kernel. If you post the full details about your modem including anything Aztech mentioned about mandrake I'll see what I can dig up.

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    is everything a module or can you compile it straight into the kernel for better performance?
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    It depends on what it's for, you can compile file system support as a module but not for the FS that you use for your install, generally its best to have as little compiled into the kernel as possilbe because a small kernel is a fast kernel, thats the whole design phillosophy behind kernel modules. Another feature is you can load and unload device modules on the fly so if the kernel needs to use a particular piece of hardware it call call the utility "modprobe" and load the module and unload it when its no longer needed. Another advantage is that there is no need to reboot to upgrade a module.

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