Hardware Abstraction Layer

Please note

HAL is in the process of being deprecated by upstream, replaced by udev, udisks, upower etc. For information about the progress within Debian, see HALRemoval.

HAL provides an abstract view on hardware. This abstraction layer is simply an interface that makes it possible to add support for new devices and new ways of connecting devices to the computer, without modifying every application that uses the device.

Read HAL specifications: Introduction for more information.

In Debian

HAL (hal, hal-info) was only installed on Debian Desktop/Laptops by default. (It is not a Priority=standard package).

Sample programs:


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