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Old 05-24-03, 05:23 AM   #13
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Here is an excellent guide how to compile your own kernel in debian woody:

http://newbiedoc.sourceforge.net/system/kernel-pkg.html

After that just follow the generic installation instructions for the nforce drivers.
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Old 05-27-03, 12:50 PM   #14
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Thanks Galaxor that did help allow the nvnet drivers to compile, it's just too bad I can only use them as a module. I appreciate the help.
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Old 05-27-03, 01:02 PM   #15
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Of course the can be used only as module. They are closed source binary drivers and will therefore NEVER make their way into the kernel.

I don't understand why nvidia isn't releasing the nforce drivers under the GPL. It's ok for the graphic divers, but just for a network ? There's more hassle than gain in it. For example those drivers won't run in the beta kernel series.
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Old 05-27-03, 01:07 PM   #16
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I think the worse part is the fact that they are open source (you can certainly look at the code!), but you seem to be severly limited by nvidia's choice of implementation.

They can easily make a closed source driver if they want to, have it be supplied as a kernel patch, and I would be happy.

It's more of a liability to me to have module support in a kernel, than it is to use the ethernet port I need.
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Old 05-27-03, 01:45 PM   #17
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Let me quote from the readme provided with the nforce drivers:

"The network driver provided by NVIDIA is subject to the NVIDIA software
license; the license is available on the NVIDIA website, and is included
in this package. By using this software, you are agreeing to the terms of
the license. The rest of the software is provided under the GNU public license,
which is also included in this package...... The
network driver is from NVIDIA, the audio driver is based on the open source
i810 audio driver but has been modified to work with NVIDIA hardware."

I wish they would run with the 2.5.x kernel series *sigh*

Check out what Alan is saying on the kernel mailing list:
http://hypermail.idiosynkrasia.net/l...ek03/0641.html

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Default Debian nforce

To compile the nforce drivers on debian I had to

export SYSINCLUDE=/usr/src/kernel-headers-2.4.20-k7/include

This is when using the stock kernel from the kernel-image-2.4-k7 package. The Makefile makes some assumptions about where the headers are supposed to be (using uname and some redhat specific assumptions i think) so you have to specifiy. If you've built the kernel from source export SYSINCLUDE to the include directory of that tree that you've compiled from and you should be ok.

You only have to do this if you're getting the missing modversions.h error
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