|The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO, by Eric Raymond|
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by David S. Lawyer, v1.15, August 2007. Oversimplified, Plug-and-Play tells the software (device drivers) where to find various pieces of hardware (devices) such as modems, network cards, sound cards, etc. Plug-and-Play's task is to match up physical devices with the software (device drivers) that operates them and to establish channels of communication between each physical device and its driver.
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