Things are different on Linux. Most of the drivers for hardware on your computer are open-source and integrated into Linux itself. These hardware drivers are generally part of the Linux kernel, although bits of graphics drivers are part of Xorg (the graphics system), and printer drivers are included with CUPS (the print system).
Do you have a Nvidia graphics card on your desktop? That's great until you are in need of the latest drivers especially when you are a gamer. Unlike Windows, Nvidia drivers for Linux desktops are quite hard to come by, and installing the latest drivers on your Linux desktop can be quite an arduous process.
Usually the drivers are in the repository, and then all you have to do install them. Since you stated that the wifi doesn't work properly but (you implied it) does work nonetheless, I would cross reference the module being used for it (can be found out by running `lspci -v', preferably as root) with google, and see if there's any common issues with it, or if there's an updated vers...
Linux (and Ubuntu as well) doesn't have separate entity as "device drivers", Linux has kernel modules which could be called "drivers" for real or virtual hardware depending on their functionality. Use lsmod or cat /proc/modules to see list of loaded kernel modules. Also you can see list of all available (installed) kernel modules in system using:
Drivers are an integral part of your computer. They are a type of software that allows your operating system to understand your hardware. If you're using the Linux operating system, you'll quickly find that not a lot of devices that were meant for Windows have Linux device drivers.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.. Future versions of this will be on my blog.. Most of the time, Ubuntu will automatically have drivers available (via the Linux kernel) for your computer's hardware (sound card, wireless card, graphics card, etc.).
2.1. Using Native Linux Drivers. Check in System > Administration > Hardware Drivers for a binary driver. For instance, many Broadcom cards will work with the Broadcom STA driver. Unfortunately, the driver is proprietary (the source code is not freely available), and so cannot be installed automatically as part of Ubuntu.
As stated previously, there are several ways of installing a hardware driver in Linux. It breaks down a couple of ways: 1. Do you have a binary only driver from the manufacturer that comes with an installation? 2. 1. You will typically see this in...
Linux is based on an open source model and a lot of drivers are proprietary. Linux users eventually become adept at the process of locating drivers. Some places to look first: the computer OEM web site, the hardware manufacturer's web site, Linux forums (where other people have already dealt with the same issue).
What about support for other Linux distros? DisplayLink has not created drivers for other packages, however the Ubuntu driver contains an open source component which is designed to be modified to enable the Ubuntu driver to be repackaged for any other Linux distro by the user community.