How's about just having ordered the thing with Linux installed once off
1. You'd have the drivers for everything to use again the next time you
ordered one of these or came across something with similar HW.
2. The 100 quid it would have cost extra is a lot less than the cost of your
time per hour and it seems you spent longer than an hour playing with this
3. If it didn't work on delivery, you'd have recourse to the manufacturer,
in this case, Dell.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John P . Looney [mailto:john at antefacto.com]
> Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 12:06 PM
> To: Irish LUG list
> Subject: [ILUG] Dell & Linux
>>> Just got me a shiny new black GX150 yesterday. And whipped
> out my Debian
> 2.2 CD's, and got going.
>> I quickly ran into two problems. The NIC on the motherboard
> is a 3c905C -
> which isn't supported by the standard kernel (well, it seems
> to be; the
> module loads, and doesn't do anything). So, after downloading
> 3Com's own
> driver from their web page, I set about compiling it. Took a
> while. And
> now it's loaded. When I type "ifconfig eth0 inet a.b.c.d up", I get
> SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such device
>> Not good, I think to myself. So I tackle the sound. After modprobing
> i810_audio, the logs say "i810_audio: no devices found". But,
> the driver
> loads. So that's halfway there.
>> Anyway. Next, seeing as Dell are all for Linux & all, I
> decided to do a
> search for "linux GL150" on their website. Not a sausage. And these
> machines are supposed to be shipped with Linux preinstalled
> (for an extra
> £40 over the price of Microsoft...). But they don't mention them..
>> Mutter. Anyone got suggestions on how to get networking going ?
> When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain
> or command:
> to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
> -- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and
> Non-free software
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