Realtek 8169 PCI Gigabit Ethernet disappears in 2.6.33 deblob?

wayne at wayne at
Sat Jun 19 19:59:49 UTC 2010

ahoy all,

   sorry for the first message.  i found the log file for the 2.6.33  
libre-kernel and saw the message about the Realtek 8169 Ethernet  
Controller being removed in this version for "missing free firmware":

R8169 - Realtek 8169 gigabit ethernet support
drivers/net/r8169.c: report missing Free firmware
drivers/net/r8169.c: removed blobs

is it possible that this device may work in the future if a free  
firmware can be developed/reverse engineered?

thanks again


Citando wayne <wayne at>:

> ahoy all,
> 	i have been using deblob'd kernels in Gentoo for a few versions now,
> thanks so much for your work.
> 	upon deblobbing a pro-audio overlay (Gentoo) Linux Kernel
> v2.6.33.5-rt23 (a real-time kernel) with the deblob-2.6.33 script, the
> kernel works fine.  however, the Realtek 8169 PCI Gigabit Ethernet
> symbol in .config (R8169) is removed by the deblob script.  the previous
> deblob scripts i was using with previous kernels (i.e.
> linux- left the symbol in.  also, the driver is used by
> Trisquel as well, so i am assuming the driver is FLOSS. perhaps
> something changed or the deblob script is mis-identifying it?
> 	note that i am now using the new Gentoo "deblob" USE flag for
> deblobbing any kernel on the fly, but as far as i can tell that is not
> causing the problem.
> thanks again.
> peace
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