Device manager in linux

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  1. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I was wondering, what would be the equivalence of a device manager in Linux or a place where I can see what drivers I installed.


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  3. JohnBradbury

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    According to my book you can use the following commands in a terminal window:

    lspci [this lists pci devices]
    lsusb [this lists usb devices]

    To view them in gnome system >> preferences >> hardware information
     
  4. ffreeloader

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    There is no real equivalent in Debian. In Linux drivers are kernel modules. To find which ones you are using enter the lsmod command. To learn how to use lsmod to it's fullest enter "man lsmod" at a Gnome Terminal/bash prompt. To see your hardware use the lspci command. To see how to use that command use "man lspci".

    To see your USB devices enter lsusb.

    To see your disk usage enter df.

    To see your memory usage enter free.

    To see your directory structure and files enter ls.

    To move around in the file system enter cd.

    Use "man command" to reach help for any text based tool.
     
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  5. Theprof

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    Thanks guys.
     
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    Prof,

    One of the very interesting commands to use from a bash prompt is "apropos subject". What it will do is list out commands that have anything to do with any subject you entered. As far as I know there is nothing even remotely resembling this in Windows.

    Here is the the output from "apropos wireless":

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     apropos wireless
    dellWirelessCtl (1)  - SMBIOS management/utility program
    iwconfig (8)         - configure a wireless network interface
    iwevent (8)          - Display Wireless Events generated by drivers and setting changes
    iwgetid (8)          - Report ESSID, NWID or AP/Cell Address of wireless network
    iwlist (8)           - Get more detailed wireless information from a wireless interface
    iwpriv (8)           - configure optionals (private) parameters of a wireless network interface
    iwspy (8)            - Get wireless statistics from specific nodes
    pbmtowbmp (1)        - convert a portable bitmap to a wireless bitmap (wbmp) file
    wbmptopbm (1)        - convert a wireless bitmap (wbmp) file to a portable bitmap (pbm)
    wireless (7)         - Wireless Tools and Wireless Extensions
    
     
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    This is the "old school" part of Debian (and many other distros) that you'll encounter. There isn't a GUI for every type of information at your fingertips. On the one hand, it's a huge pain in the arse when you're used to clicking here and there and having the information available, but on the other hand, it really does make you do your research. Keep in mind though, even if Debian did have a "device manager" option, getting to it would require a different set of steps.

    One of the reasons that people want to stay with Windows isn't that it's really easier to do such things as access "device manager", it's because we have developed a set of reflexes associated with various tasks. Learning a new operating system forces us to set aside those reflexes and learn something new. Kind of like learning to play tenor sax when you've been playing the piano for years. They're both musical instruments...but they're both played differently.
     
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