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ALX Rant

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ALX Rant




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Right now, I'm typing this from my Linux computer. As you may or may not know, my computer talks to the internet through a little chip on the motherboard known as a NIC, or Network Interface Controller. My NIC requires a certain driver to work. This driver is known as the ALX driver, and it is specific to my hardware.

However, ALX isn't included in the Linux kernel, or any mainstream distributions, for that matter. Other NIC drivers are, but not ALX. Why? ALX is brand new. I have the latest and greatest hardware, and the developers of Linux haven't had time to get ALX working well enough to include in the kernel.

So, how am I on Campbell County right now?

You can download and install the ALX driver manually. I did that, even though it required a little more command line knowledge than usual. But, hey, that's what UNIX users like me do.


(I have trouble with tar sometimes, too.)

However, ALX isn't good enough to get in the kernel, which means I'm stuck with bugs. But, less bugs than Windows has.

[/rant]

Is there anything you want me to cover in my video "Sate of the County" address?


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