What is "Adafruit Industries LLC Ports"?

I apologize if this is posted in the wrong forum category. I also tried searching for answers on google but I was directed to the websites of the company Adafruit.

Question:

While installing the Arduino IDE locally on my (Windows 10) computer, I was asked to install something called “Adafruit Industries LLC Ports”. What is this? What is Adafruit? …And do I need these drivers to run/program an arduino board or is this used for additional hardware such as shields?

Hi I’m coffeeguy. I’m new here. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Welcome coffeeguy!

As you probably learned already, Adafruit is a company that sells electronics products for the "maker"/hobbyist/educational market. They have partnered with Arduino in adding support for a couple of their Arduino compatible boards to the official Arduino AVR Boards platform that is included with the Arduino IDE. I believe the specific board that driver is for is called the "Adafruit Circuit Playground". So there's no harm in installing the drivers, but if you don't own an Adafruit Circuit Playground then if you chose to not install the driver it won't cause any problems. The driver is not used for any of the Arduino boards.

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pert:
Welcome coffeeguy!

(...) if you chose to not install the driver it won't cause any problems. The driver is not used for any of the Arduino boards.

Thank you, pert!