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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
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Tigon3 Network Card


The firmware license problem was fixed for the release of Linux 2.6.12.

While kernel 2.4.27 was initially installed, upgrading to 2.6.11 lead to the network card not being found. The required kernel module for the Broadcom network card (tg3.ko) was moved by Debian to non-free due to its inclusion of firmware that is non-free. The package (kernel-nonfree-modules-2.6.11-1-686-smp_2.6.11-1_i386.deb) can be found at http://www.acm.rpi.edu/~dilinger/kernel-source-nonfree-2.6.11/. Download and install this package:

  $ wget http://www.acm.rpi.edu/~dilinger/kernel-source-nonfree-2.6.11/\
  kernel-nonfree-modules-2.6.11-1-686-smp_2.6.11-1_i386.deb
  $ wajig install kernel-nonfree-modules-2.6.11-1-686-smp_2.6.11-1_i386.deb

I also had to update the list of available modules:

  \# update-modules

The module can then be loaded:

  \# modprobe tg3

and on next boot the network will be set up.


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