Re: LANCE ethernet chip - ~24 drivers

From: Pete Zaitcev (
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 19:44:01 EST

> ./drivers/net/sunlance.c NCR92c990
> `-> Father of declance.c as I think

It handles 79c90, but also includes support for ledma,
lebuffer, and Lance-fixed-with-PAL. Hardly a target for merge.

> ./drivers/net/sunhme.c none mentioned
> `-> *some* cards seem to be compatible?!

Nope, not even close. Make it 23 Lance drivers.

> ./drivers/net/sunqu.c "looks like LANCE"

QE is a quad of some Lance derivatives, plus a bus interface
for DMA which is not compatible with ledma. It is sufficiently
unusual for Solaris to have separate drivers for le and qe.

> ./drivers/net/sun3lance.c none mentioned,
> but adopted from sunlance.c

Yes, they are basically the same. Dunno why sun3 people split it.

> However - having
> more than 20 drivers for one kind of device sucks a lot.

Not really, as long as they are maintained.

> I think, it will be a 2.5.x thing to
> re-unify them again (at lease, write a central implementation
> for the chip and let bus specific drivers use it). Just the
> same words are to be said for the Zilog8530 serial chip.

Large number of them is going to die fromm bitrot naturally,
so I do not see a major problem. For instance, sunle is going
to disappear in 5..10 years, as old machines break down.

-- Pete
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