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Date:	Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:56:04 -0800 (PST)
From:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
To:	dvhart@...ux.intel.com
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, arjan@...ux.intel.com,
	alan@...ux.intel.com, tomoya.rohm@...il.com,
	jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com, paul.gortmaker@...driver.com,
	jdmason@...zu.us, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] pch_gbe: Use a randomly generated MAC instead of
 failing probe

From: Darren Hart <dvhart@...ux.intel.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:54:27 -0800

>> Please correct any hardware that hasn't shipped yet or is alpha/beta
>> hardware in testing, so that we don't need stuff like this.
> 
> I saw that the use of random_ether_addr is fairly prevalent, and
> attempted a roughly similar sort of approach to others I had seen. Do
> you consider all of those to be "necessary evils" or are there
> legitimate situations for its use?
> 
> In any case, with existing hardware out there that is unusable with the
> current pch_gbe driver, can we consider this workaround for inclusion?

I fear that people are just going to add this random MAC stuff way too
easily, it's a spreading disease.

Ship functional hardware instead.
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