Stale Documentation: ethernet cards
* getting Debian setup is very likely to be very
dependent on "manually" getting the ethernet card(s)
* Linux Ethernet-Howto is very stale!
** many other Howto's are also very stale!
I am trying to shed the shackles of M$, but documentation
has weighed upon me like a mountain. What has lead
to the staleness? Is Bill's minions at work...
I think not.
This weekend I have spent much energy trying to
get Debian Potato installed and that computer
back on the internet. Long before I get to the very
challenging part of getting it securely
on the internet, I have been slowed to a crawl.
PROBLEM: getting ethernet working on Debian Potato
I have been RTFMing to exhaustion.
My references include:
* Cable Modem Providers HOWTO
* Linux Ethernet-Howto
* Learning Debian GNU/Linux
* Running Linux 3rd Ed.
* Debian Tutorial
+ a pile of debian-user posts, including a few very similar threads over the last few days.
+ a slew of other installation accounts from websites
It is absolutely amazing how well so many resources
can dance around a detailed, relevant explaination.
I am particularly disappointed in the Debian Install
Manual -- as this is by the team that I want to
It is mindblowing that the most recent version of the
Linux Ethernet - Howto is dated Oct 29, 2000 , and
does not identify a huge array of ethernet cards
(and possibly chipsets). I am not suggesting that
this is Paul's fault. Have people been submitting updates?
Over a year later this almost exactly describes my experience:
Only I did not have a kewl weblog (very cool indeed),
and I tend to RTFM... so my ending was not so (rapidly)
At debian-user, over this first weekend that I have subscribed,
this issue has come up in various forms at least a dozen. Everytime, the community immediately
identifies the exact issue for a particulary
"What exactly is your problem?" You likely ask, I am
very close to semi-enlightenment now. I will try my
own hand before I bring it completely to you all.
I feel the information presented above is a far more
More emails to follow (not likely tonight),
Debian, keeping the GNU in Linux.
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