> Questions: When doing my windows patches and scans today,
> automatically downloaded and installed a new device driver for the new
> hard drive. Do I need to do that in Fedora? Did Fedora automatically
> do that already? How do I check?
Most likely, that would be for resolving some problem with the prior
Windows driver for that device. Much less likely, it could be to deal
with a problem with the hard drive itself, that someone modified the
Windows driver to workaround.
I'm far more inclined to believe that it's the first reason. Different
systems release patches all the time, just because one OS finds a
problem with their own code doesn't mean that a different one will have
the same problem. Unless, the other one made their code by copying
ideas from someone else's bad code.
Supplementary: If the updated driver was for a specific drive (it's
named for a brand/model by name), I might believe it was the second
issue. But it's much more likely to be a driver for the hard drive
interface on the computer motherboard.
Most internal hard drive drivers are for the interface, related to the
chipset involved (SiS, NVidia, et cetera - yes NVidia make more than
graphics chips). And external hard drives drivers (such as USB ones),
are probable more for the external interface (the enclosure), rather
than the actual disc drive.
[tim@localhost ~]$ uname -rsvp
Linux 3.9.10-100.fc17.x86_64 #1 SMP Sun Jul 14 01:31:27 UTC 2013 x86_64
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When it comes to electronics, I'm slightly biased.