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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams

Alpine Install

There were no particular issues in the install except for the lack of support in the 2.2.18pre21 kernel for the Ethernet card (3c905C-TX) in this machine.

The disk was partitioned into two: one for swap (2GB as /dev/sda2) and the rest for everything else (65GB as /dev/sda1).

The NIC (ethernet card) driver (3c59x) in this release (kernel 2.2.18pre21) does not appear to support the 3Com 3c905C-TX card. The kernel needed to be upgraded to a 2.2.19 kernel on a more recent release (e.g., Debian 3.0 woody beta--see Section 3.6.6 for details of making a CD-ROM available to apt-get):

  # apt-get install  kernel-image-2.2.19

The networking began working just fine. In moving to the unstable release (after a dist-upgrade) kernel-image-2.4.14-686-smp was installed without effort (except for initrd addition to lilo)

Sound card support from the kernel required adding the following line to /etc/modules.conf (by adding it to /etc/modutils/sndconfig then running update-modules:

  alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio

A modprobe can be used to load the module. Refer to documentation in /usr/src/linux/Documentation/sound/ for details.

To ensure the module is loaded at boot time add i810_audio to /etc/modules.

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