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Subject2.0.16 still has old (broken) 3c59x driver, still bug reports
It appears that 2.0.16 fixes many bugs, but creates a few new ones of its 
own. Also, I see that the latest 3c59x.c (from Donald Becker, who else :-)
has not yet been integrated into the kernel. The latest version fixes
crashes that would otherwise occur with my card (a very recent 3c590TPO
PCI, mfg. aug 1996). The latest versions of the drivers have been
extremely stable under heavy load (about 300-400packets/sec, mainly
because RPI Dormnet is getting netbios/netbeui broadcast storms for badly
configured win95 machines). Both boomerang.c (with support for 3c90x
cards as well as 3c59x) and 3c59x.c off of the FTP site work without
problems and really should be included in the latest kernels before 2.1
comes out, as we really don't want bad drivers for these cards sticking
around forever in 2.0.x. Also, 3c90x support would not be a bad idea,
especially since the cards seem to be far less brain-damaged (and faster)
than the 3c59x cards, as well as cheaper.

Simon Karpen
karpes@rpi.edu
Computer and Systems Engineering major at RPI


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