Free Linux Software From Dell

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, July 13, 2006

DKMS - Dynamic Kernel Module Support provides a framework where kernel dependent module source can reside so that it is very easy to rebuild modules as you upgrade kernels. This will allow Linux vendors to provide driver drops without having to wait for new kernel releases while also taking out the guesswork for customers attempting to recompile modules for new kernels.

EDD - BIOS Enhanced Disk Drive Services 3.0 (EDD) is mechanism to match x86 BIOS device names (e.g. int13 device 80h) to Linux device names (e.g. /dev/sda, /dev/hda). EDD implements the EDD specification under Linux.

Devlabel - Devlabel dynamically creates symbolic links to disk / partition names. It uses the disk’s and/or partition’s unique identifiers to keep the symlink pointed to the correct location even if the underlying partition’s name has changed.

Efibootmgr - The efibootmgr can create and destroy boot entries, change the boot order, change the next running boot option etc.

BIOSdisk - It simplifies the process of flashing system BIOS under Linux on Dell desktops and laptops.

DVD Store - The DVD Store Version 2 (DS2) is a complete online e-commerce test application, with a backend database component, a web application layer, and driver programs.

libsmbios - Libsmbios is a cross OS library intended to be used to obtain common information available in BIOS using a unified API. Currently, it can programmatically access any information in the SMBIOS tables. It also has the ability to obtain Dell system-specific information. Future plans include APIs for $PIR, and mptable mapping.

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