Gigabit & 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI adapters

Daniel Clark dclark at
Mon Dec 14 02:36:09 UTC 2009

Just thought I'd report that I recently did a search for Gigabit & 10
Gigabit Ethernet PCI adapters (specifically I was looking for PCI-X, but
I didn't limit the search to that) that don't require nonfree firmware.

I was unable to find any Gigabit ethernet adapters that don't require
nonfree firmware. (There were some that looked good in that linux-libre
didn't strip anything from them, but as far as I could tell those are
only available in integrated on-motherboard configurations.)

I was able to find one 10gbe adapter that as far as I can tell (looked
over the code, searched etc) does not even have the facility to update
firmware - the intel ixge driver (which works with intel-branded cards
as well as sun and ibm branded cards, and perhaps others I didn't find).

Just thought I'd post this here to see if anyone has corrections to this
information before I post to libreplanet hardware pages / suggest our
directory maintainer add the ixge supported cards to the FSF's hardware

Also if anyone has suggestions for performance tuning with the ixge
driver, we'd love to hear them :-)

Daniel JB Clark   | Sys Admin, Free Software Foundation |

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