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Old 11-15-03, 06:55 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Broken out forcedeth driver patch

Here's a link to Andrew's broken out patch for the GPL nForce ethernet driver (forcedeth). I can apply it fairly cleanly to a bitkeeper kernel (2.6.0-test9-bk19).

ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kerne...orcedeth.patch

It's definitely nice to have forcedeth compiled statically into my kernel.
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Old 11-19-03, 12:40 PM   #14
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OK, we have fixed the last known issue (oops on rmmod) in 0.18 and forcedeth should be at least as good as nvnet right now.
Download the latest version here: http://www.hailfinger.org/carldani/l...hes/forcedeth/

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Old 11-19-03, 01:01 PM   #15
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Again, /methinks this thread may someday be stickied. Or renamed to something more generic if an ALSA SOundStorm driver pops up.......
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Old 11-19-03, 01:26 PM   #16
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I wonder what nvidias opinion is regarding forcedeth???
Anyhow I have'nt seen any moderators around lately...
Maybe this forum has been abandoned...
through lack of interest.
Anyhow Moderator "Please sticky"
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Old 11-19-03, 01:49 PM   #17
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i'am waiting for a 2.4.x patch maybe ...
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Old 11-19-03, 01:59 PM   #18
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Click on the link I posted earlier and you will find a 2.4.X patch also
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Old 11-19-03, 02:43 PM   #19
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Originally posted by blueworm
I wonder what nvidias opinion is regarding forcedeth???
Anyhow I have'nt seen any moderators around lately...
Maybe this forum has been abandoned...
through lack of interest.
Anyhow Moderator "Please sticky"
If you're concerned, try PM'ing one of the mods of this forum.

As for NVIDIA's opinion, as long as this driver contains no code from NVIDIA's closed-source driver (meaning that it's fully clean-roomed), their only recourse is to deliberately break the driver by modifying the way the chip expects to be used.

Which is highly unlikely, and would probably sour the community's opinion of NVIDIA even further.
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Old 11-19-03, 03:39 PM   #20
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I have no doubt that forcedeth is a clean room implementation.
I was think more on the lines of...
If nvidia had gpl'ed nvnet in the first place, nobody would have had to have gone to the trouble of having to write a driver from scratch...
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Correct. It makes you wonder why they didn't GPL it in the first place. It probably had something to do with code that they borrowed from another company; if they did that, the restrictions and NDAs would prevent the code from being licensed under the GPL or a GPL-compatible license.

Anyway, we now have OSS NVIDIA IDE drivers and OSS NVIDIA Ethernet drivers. All we need now is ALSA NVIDIA SoundStorm drivers......
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Click on the link I posted earlier and you will find a 2.4.X patch also
found it thanks let's see if it works with the fedora
kernel

http://www.hailfinger.org/carldani/l...hes/forcedeth/
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Old 11-20-03, 02:12 AM   #23
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forcedeth works well here

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Arrow forcedeth 0.18 has been released

http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/lin...11.2/0638.html

This release is supposed to fix a slowdown with extreme network loads.
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