11-01-03, 09:24 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
GPL nvidia ethernet driver coming!
straight from the lkml
This is the wrong mailing list to ask who's afraid of Halloween, thus
I ask: Who's afraid of driver that was written without specs?
Attached is forcedeth: A new driver for the ethernet interface of the
NVIDIA nForce chipset, licensed under GPL.
The driver was written without support from NVIDIA, it's the result of
a cleanroom development:
Carl-Daniel and Andrew reverse engineered the nvnet driver and wrote a
specification, Manfred wrote the driver based on the spec.
This release it intended for developers, it's alpha quality: normal
network traffic could work, although slow due to incomplete interrupt
handling. It does work on two nForce 2 systems, nForce and nForce 3
Try it yourself, but don't complain if something breaks. Note that
the driver generates quite a lot of debug output.
Andrew de Quincey