Re: As 2.0 looms

Steven L Baur (
24 Apr 1996 14:24:53 -0700

>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Gortmaker <> writes:

Alan Cox:
>> Firstly we need to categorise each existing "Alpha", "experimental"
>> or whatever driver appropriately. Some drivers marked ALPHA are
>> most definitely not now ALPHA.

Paul> Also the 'EtherExpress support' should read 'EtherExpress-16
Paul> support' as lots of people seem to get confused on this
Paul> one. Speaking of which, I did some short tests on a couple of
Paul> ee-16 cards at 1.3.90, involving simultaneous Rx and Tx ftp of a
Paul> 4MB file (kernel source) cached in RAM, and nothing broke. So
Paul> this might be one candidate to "de-alpha" if others using them
Paul> continuously have also not encountered problems.

>From the time the newest EtherExpress drivers were added (somewhere
around the early .70s) I've had fewer problems from EtherExpress 16
than I've had from the 3c509 driver. The card itself is not
outstanding but there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the
driver IMHO.

The slower the system, the better the card works. I've tried it on
three different architectures. It ran barely on a Pentium 75, without
error on an i486/33, and decently on an i486/66.

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