The kernel supports a number of hardware drivers for various types of equipment. This section gives a short overview of the driver families available, and the interface names used for them.
There are a number of standard names for interfaces in , which are listed below. Most drivers support more than one interface, in which case the interfaces are numbered, as in eth0, eth1, etc.
For other interface drivers that may be added in the future, like ISDN, or AX.25, other names will be introduced. Drivers for IPX (Novell's networking protocol), and AX.25 (used by ham radio amateurs) are under development, but are at alpha stage still.
During the following sections, we will discuss the details of using the drivers described above.