[tulip] Mandrake 9.0

Donald Becker becker@scyld.com
Fri Oct 11 16:34:01 2002

On Wed, 9 Oct 2002, libogen . wrote:

> Just installed Mandrake's latest dist, ver. 9.0, and with fingers crossed (I 
> lied but perhaps I should've!) I entered the network configuration stage 
> and...yet again, another dist whose included tulip driver didn't work for me 

That's disappointing, but not at all surprising.

> Is there some technical reason why I won't see a 'working' default tulip 
> driver for my NIC in a dist?

No technical reason, it's entirely political.
Few people ask this question on the kernel mailing list, and none of the
kernel maintainers believe that there is a problem.  

> If it's just a matter of lack of testing/knowledge on this driver by the 
> Linux dist companies then we should help and/or petition them to finally fix 
> the problem.

Jeff Garzik at Mandrake is the one that restructured the tulip driver,
and got the modified versions of the many drivers in place of the
originals.  Thus you are unlikely to convince Mandrake to change.

> I'm just a bit frustrated that dists include the tulip driver but have 
> compiled it in a way that doesn't work with my NIC.

To be clear, the distributions include a modified version of the tulip

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