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So I am familiar with insalling Windows OS's since 95 - 8, and NT4 - Server 2012, So i have that expirance

I have installed Linux multiple times in VM's, such as Ubuntu, and BackTrack.

My question is, when I install Ubuntu on the hard drive as the primary OS, Do I still have to install things like Intel Chipset drivers and stuff like that? or does it all come with the OS (like OSX for example)

If not, are there any guides on how to Install Chipset drivers, drivers for LAN, SD card, Smart Card Drivers etc...

Thanks!
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Most of the time when I have installed Ubuntu the chipset drivers have been installed automatically. If not, Ubuntu is very good at finding the correct drivers by itself
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ok Thanks.

Also I was reading around about updating.... someone suggested upgrading to the 3.9.4 kernel, which apparently is the latest. The default build of Ubuntu 13.04 has 3.8.0... Should I update?
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Yes I would update
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Chipsets and generic drivers come with the kernel. Hence the idea that hardware support gets better each time a Linux kernel is released, which is directly true. Though hardware support of today is pretty common, so you shouldn't run into many issues. Example is, HDXXXX for Intel IGP, is pretty common. So expect some support off the bat (if not full).

If you have specific hardware, such as a SB X-Fi, it might be a bit harder. Just saying most stuff on a motherboard or CPU/APU is pretty common. At least, some version or distro should support things.
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ok Thanks.

Also I was reading around about updating.... someone suggested upgrading to the 3.9.4 kernel, which apparently is the latest. The default build of Ubuntu 13.04 has 3.8.0... Should I update?
not unless you need it. the ubuntu kernal is a modified ubuntu version. very stable
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