On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 20:19:49 +1000 Paul Gear <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Michael Rumpf wrote: > > Hi, > > > > I'm about to buy a new motherboard. Can anyone recommend a board > > that is known to work well with free software drivers. I just don't > > want to buy another board and find myself disabling most of the > > features as they don't work under Linux. > > I don't have a recommendation, but i can disrecommend the NVIDIA > nForce2 chipset from a free software perspective. The NIC has a > closed source driver. When i emailed them about it, the response was, > "Our networking performance is too important to allow competitors to > use our drivers." I disabled the on-board NIC and bought a $20 > RTL-8139. :-) Fortunately you don't have to wait on them if you still want to use it though. The forcedeth module in kernels 2.4.21(might be .24 instead) and greater works great with their onboard NIC. People might still want to avoid them because of their proprietary policies, but at least those that already have them don't have to live with a useless ethernet card. Jacob -- GnuPG Key: 1024D/16377135 Random .signature #13: The nice thing about Windows is - It doesn't just crash, it displays a dialog box and lets you press 'OK' first.
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