Beginning in 2018, NI offers a new catalog of Linux Desktop support for a variety of test and measurement hardware on the PXI Express platform. With this release, there has been a change to the way that NI's driver software is acquired and installed onto a Linux Desktop system. Instead of providing an executable INSTALL script as in the past, NI now provides a repository add-on that can be downloaded and used to instruct your Linux distribution's native package manager to install NI driver software packages such as, NI-DAQmx, NI-VISA, NI-488.2, and NI-Sync.
Note: Due to updates to software dependencies, 18.0+ NI driver software cannot be installed through your Linux distribution's package manager if there is already pre-18.0 NI driver software on the system. Pre-18.0 NI driver software must be uninstalled first--please see the documentation for your pre-18.0 NI driver software for uninstallation instructions.
In order to install the desired driver software to your system, you must follow the steps described in the sections below: