A question that we often get is whether or not the IVI instrument drivers that we supply with our AMETEK VTI products are compatible with Linux. The reason for this question is that many users prefer to have complete control over the software of their test system. And as a result, prefer to use Linux over Windows as their test system’s operating system. For users of LXI instrumentation, the question becomes whether or not the IVI instrument driver that comes standard with their LXI hardware work in Linux.
First of all, it is important to note that there are two levels of IVI compliance: IVI-COM and IVI-C. IVI-C drivers are IVI drivers that that have a C application-programming interface (API). IVI-COM drivers are IVI drivers that have a COM API. COM is a Microsoft technology, and is an architecture that is heavily dependent on the Windows operating system. As a rule of thumb, therefore, IVI-COM drivers will not work on a Linux OS.