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Date:	Fri, 29 Jun 2007 13:22:31 -0700
From:	Jason Lunz <>
To:	"Kok\, Auke" <>
Cc:	Mark McLoughlin <>,,,
	Jeff Garzik <>
Subject: Re: e1000: backport ich9 support from 7.5.5 ?

On Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 12:51:02PM -0700, Kok, Auke wrote:
> For distro's not following releases we have the perfect 
> solution: A fully tested 7.5.5 driver on sourceforge that was extensively 
> tested against RHEL5 for instance, but also a lot of other older kernels.

I'm sure you and your team have tested the driver thoroughly, but you
cannot hope to match the amount of testing the driver is subjected to by
going into -mm and -rc kernels.

There have been several instances over the years in the e1000 driver
where new releases caused regressions on old or esoteric hardware, and
these were only later discovered by the community. This is why I prefer versions of the e1000 driver, even if they're a little older.

Ordinarily this is a pretty good strategy, because the mainline driver
hasn't usually lagged too far behind new hardware becoming available.
That's no longer true of the newer pcie e1000 parts and the

Is there any specific objection remaining to the merge of e1000
into 2.6.23? Is there anything I can do to expedite the process other
than cheer from the sidelines?

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