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SubjectRe: 3com Driver and the 3XP Processor
The acenic is definitely a kick-ass card. One's natural
inclination is to assume that an interface is obscured because
it is second rate.
-Kip

On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, David S. Miller wrote:

>
> nick@snowman.net writes:
> > Erm, that is going to be a problem. Crypto benifits more from open source
> > than any other market segment, and binary only drivers for linux are not
> > the way to go. I guess I need to get rid of my 5-10 3cr990s and replace
> > them with someone else's product?
>
> Many of us on the networking developer team believe that making the
> programming interface to the cpus on the Tigon3 is the biggest mistake
> 3com could ever make.
>
> What made the Acenic so ubiquitous and interesting was that you could
> program the firmware on the board to do whatever you like. They even
> provided an entire firmware developer kit so you could hack on it.
>
> So many useful projects came from this capability.
>
> I feel dirty working on the Tigon3 driver for 2.4.x because of this.
>
> Later,
> David S. Miller
> davem@redhat.com
>

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