Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 154349
sundance network driver is missing in RHEL4 kernel
Last modified: 2010-10-21 22:52:21 EDT
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Description of problem:
The sundance network driver is missing from the RHEL4 kernel. This driver is required for the DLINK DL10050 4-port network card.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. try: "modprobe sundance"
Feature request, reassigning to management.
Just out of curiosity are there any technical reasons to not include this driver
by default? BTW: The driver is included in RHEL3 in kernel-unsupported.
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Card is indeed not supported in Red Hat ES 4 2.6.9-42.0.3. Snif!
The correct name for this hardware is D-Link "DFE-580TX"
"lspci" shows the four controllers on the card:
02:04.0 Ethernet controller: D-Link System Inc DL10050 Sundance Ethernet (rev 15)
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: D-Link System Inc DL10050 Sundance Ethernet (rev 15)
02:06.0 Ethernet controller: D-Link System Inc DL10050 Sundance Ethernet (rev 15)
02:07.0 Ethernet controller: D-Link System Inc DL10050 Sundance Ethernet (rev 15)
Hardware cannot be found on the U.S. website for D-LINK, but can be found on the
European site (discontinued in the US?!)
D-Link downloads include a GPL-ed driver for Linux 2.4 called "dlh5x-1.10."
The comment section says:
/* sundance.c: A Linux device driver for the Sundance ST201 "Alta". */
Written 1999-2000 by Donald Becker.
Kinda old. Indeed needs support for Red Hat ES 4.0...
There is still no support for this card neither in RHES 4U4 nor RHES5. Can
someone please explain why this card is not supported? This seems to be the only
available 4 port 100Base-TX PCI network card. So support in RHES for this card
is badly needed!
Feature requests go through management. Unfortunately riek seems to have
ignored the bug. Luckily there's now a kernel-mgr address...
This driver seems to be more or less unmaintained and I am having a hard time to find any place to buy this kind of card anymore. Is Dlink still offering it at all?
You can still get DFE-580TX here:
and it's still listed at http://www.dlink.de
Indeed, you can still get this card at several German internet shops like www.alternate.de.
Also, this driver has been enabled for RHES 5.2. So it is even in the latest RHES release.
Updating PM score.
Yes, we have the driver in RHEL5.
This and the late state of RHEL4 in it's life-cycle (extended hardware enablement), clearly is an argument against enabling it in RHEL4, as it has never before been supported in that version.
Finally, looking at the overall content planned for RHEL 4.8, this is almost certainly not going to make it.
Devel NAK for R4.8.
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