Re: tg3 + kernel-image-2.6.11-9* .... How do we know when it will work?
Jeremy Gray wrote:
I have a tyan s2880 motherboard with dual broadcom NICs on it.
When I upgraded to the latest kernel,
(kernel-image-2.6.11-9-amd64-k8-smp) I lost the NIC because I guess
tg3 support wasn't included.
Does it work yet? Is there somewhere to track this so we know when it
When I try to do an apt-get dist-upgrade or apt-get -u upgrade, then
it always wants to include this new kernel (that will break my system).
I am new to debian, so I'm not sure what my options are here.
I have the same motherboard and suggest
-- unless there's a feature you know you need in the new kernel, don't
I've been running 2.6.9-ac8 for more than a year and it's flawless. What
more do you want?
-- if you're running Debian sid, it's not advisable to run apt-get -u
upgrade (in my view)
This is a somewhat bleeding edge flavor of Debian, and may contain
packages that haven't been
extensively tested. So I would argue for selective upgrades, especially
if you're new to this.
-- the tyan s2880 NICs still seem to need a tg3 driver with proprietary
The mainline kernel from kernel.org includes this firmware, but it
violates Debian's Free Software
Guidelines (http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines) and was
removed from Debian's
version of the kernel. Until a free solution is found for these NICs,
you either don't upgrade your
kernel or upgrade it using the tg3 driver from the mainline kernel
(patching it in), or simply run
a mainline kernel (probably not ideal, though I ended up doing that).