Bug#328324: please build powerpc64 kernel with tg3 support
On Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 03:56:39PM -0400, A. Maitland Bottoms wrote:
> Package: linux-image-2.6.12-1-powerpc64
> Version: 2.6.12-6
> Severity: wishlist
> Upon reading "Announcing powerpc backport 2.6.12-6 kernel package for sarge",
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2005/09/msg00135.html ,
> I figured I would give that a try on an Xserve G5.
> I notice that
> /usr/share/doc/linux-image-2.6.12-1-powerpc64/changelog.Debian.gz says:
> * New upstream release:
> - readdition of tg3 driver, as firmware license has been fixed
> Sounds good.
> # CONFIG_TIGON3 is not set
> :( - since this Xserve G5 needs that to network.
Waht can i say ? Don't use hardware which needs non-free drivers.
Now, if they are not freed, we have some non-free modules, including tg3 i
think, which needs to be built, this will come soon.
> My main motivation was to get the fans to quiet down (they
> run full speed in 2.6.8-power4-smp since therm_pm72 doesn't
> handle them right in that version).
This should be fixed.
> I look forward to someday soon having a linux-image-2.6.12-1-powerpc64
> that supports
> Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)
> and perhaps lets the fans run slower when possible.
So, ask broadcom to not include non-free firmware code in their drivers.
You can even get the non-free-modules package out of the kernel svn, and build
it yourself, if you feel like it.