On Fri, Mar 08, 2002 at 11:23:12AM +0000, John P. Looney wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 07, 2002 at 11:32:05PM +0000, Niall O Broin mentioned:
> > The only thing that bugs me is that I keep running into these EEpro NICs
> > (you know where I first encountered them, John) and they cause me various
> > problems which I wouldn't have if Intel would just contribute their code to
> > the kernel.
>> Their licence is BSD. That means that if they kernel lads want to, they
> can take the Intel driver code, stamp a GPL on it, stick it into the
I reread the license last night and it didn't look BSDish to me - has lots
of specific mentions of the GPL.
> kernel, and call it something else, as long as they leave the "Written by
> intel" notices there. But I've seen some of the networking lads, not just
> Alan Cox, say "the e100 driver is crap. That's why we don't use it".
Perhaps it is crap in some way, but it's differently crap to the eepro100
and there were issues with the eepro100 which were resolved by using the e100.
> > Incidentally, the bizarre problem I had whereby the machine in question
> > crashes if I attempt to ssh to it is NOT resolved by using the Intel
> > driver, although as mentioned it has been resolved by moving to 2.4.18
> > (from 2.4.10).
>> The eepro100 had a big overhaul in 2.4.17 and 2.4.18. What version of the
> e100 driver were you using ?
I was using the latest one from Intel's site 1.8.xxx from February. As
mentioned, the box died horribly if I attempted to ssh to it. I ran sshd in
maximum debugging mode and saw no mention of the connection at all which is
why I think the problem was network card driver related, although with
2.4.10 it happened with the eepro100 and the e100 driver. With 2.4.18 and
the eepro100 driver it works fine so I'm happy enough. I didn't try with a
different NIC, which would have really proved the point, because it's a
rackmount box with one PCI-32 slot which is occupied by another card.
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