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Date:	Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:29:25 -0800
From:	Joe Perches <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] pch_gbe: Use a randomly generated MAC instead of
 failing probe

On Sat, 2012-01-14 at 11:56 -0800, David Miller wrote:
> From: Darren Hart <>
> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:54:27 -0800
> > 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.

Good advice, but that's _hard_.

Working systems are nearly always some combination
of hardware/firmware/software defect workarounds.

Anyway, perhaps setting random_ether_addr like this
should be in some generic routine with a standardized
"avoid buying bad hardware" output logging message.

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