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Date:	Fri, 30 Mar 2007 12:40:29 -0400
From:	Bill Davidsen <>
To:	"Brandeburg, Jesse" <>
CC:	Roberto Nibali <>,
	Yinghai Lu <>,
	Jeff Garzik <>,
	"Kok, Auke-jan H" <>,
	Adrian Bunk <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,,,
Subject: Re: [2.6 patch] the scheduled eepro100 removal

Brandeburg, Jesse wrote:
> Roberto Nibali wrote:
>>>> Sounds sane to me.  My overall opinion on eepro100 removal is that
>>>> we're not there yet.  Rare problem cases remain where e100 fails
>>>> but eepro100 works, and it's older drivers so its low priority for
>>>> everybody. 
>>>> Needs to happen, though...
>>> It seems that several Tyan Opteron base system that were using IPMI
>>> add on card.  the IPMI card share intel 100Mhz nic onboard. you need
>>> to use eepro100 instead of e100 otherwise the e100 will shutdown OOB
>>> (out of Band) connection for IPMI when shut down the OS.
>> I find it hard to believe that something as common as IPMI in
>> conjunction with the IPMI technology wasn't tested in Intel's lab.
>> From my experience with Intel Server boards, onboard IPMI (all offered
>> versions) and e100/e1000 NICs, I've never ever experienced any
>> problems operating the BMC over the NIC. Also, I don't quite
>> understand you point about the "IPMI card sharing the 100Mbit/s NIC"
>> onboard? What exactly is shared?
> It's a legit problem, but only with this *one* system.
Of course the eepro100 driver is not taking a lot of maintenance either, 
removing it is not critical as long as there is a legitimate need to 
support old hardware.

bill davidsen <>
  CTO TMR Associates, Inc
  Doing interesting things with small computers since 1979

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