[lug] fa311, or What is all this kernel business anyway

Chris Wade cwade at veripost.net
Fri Oct 19 20:16:04 MDT 2001

Hurm.  Downloaded the driver, encountered problems.  Has anyone gotten this
to work with SuSE w/ kernel 2.2.18?  I guess the real problem here is that I
don't know exactly what the kernel is or how to upgrade it.  

Netgear's latest driver is for RH7.1/2.4, the beta ones before that only go
up to 2.2.16-22.  I picked the latest beta before the 2.4 version.  When I
put fa311.o into /lib/modules/2.2.18/net/ and do 'insmod fa311', I get
'kernel-module version mismatch ... fa311.o was compiled for kernel version
2.2.16-22 while this kernel is version 2.2.18.'

So... time for a lesson in linux basics, I guess...  

The extent of my knowledge/guessing about the kernel is that it is the
'core' of linux, the part that actually does all the interfacing with the
hardware.  I gather that you can upgrade the kernel without affecting much
else on your system, but I've obviously never done it.  Can anyone either
tell me how or point me to some docs on upgrading the kernel, and/or give me
some help with getting this fa311 working?



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Horne [mailto:jeerygh at hotmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 5:21 PM
> To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us
> Subject: Re: [lug] Knowledge shopping list
> If your NIC is an FA311TX, then that's your problem.  It seems that 
> FA310TX's are supported and I think 312 but not 311's.  I 
> believe there is a 
> patch on www.netgear.com
> Greg Horne
> >From: Chris Wade <cwade at veripost.net>
> >Reply-To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us
> >To: "'lug at lug.boulder.co.us'" <lug at lug.boulder.co.us>
> >Subject: [lug] Knowledge shopping list
> >Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 12:59:13 -0600
> >
> >Thanks all for all the help and information on telnetd 
> security.  I am
> >inspired to put together a 'knowledge shopping list' with 
> all the things I
> >am going to need to know to get my setup working the way I 
> want it.. any
> >pointers to technical docs, previous threads etc. would be greatly
> >appreciated... :)
> >
> >Here's what I have (hope my ascii graphics come across well):
> >
> >Internet
> >  |
> >  V
> >At&t at home cable modem
> >(supports NAT)
> >  |
> >  V
> >Hub --> Suse 7.1 Pro w/ everything installed
> >  |----> Win2000 Laptop, used for VPN to work
> >  |----> WinME laptop (ugh)
> >
> >This setup is okay, we all get out to the internet with it, 
> but I want to 
> >do
> >a lot more.  Here's what I think I would like:
> >
> >Internet
> >  |
> >  V
> >Something better than cable modem for running a server
> >  |
> >  V
> >Suse 7.1 acting as firewall, web server, mailrouter, 
> gateway, development
> >environment
> >  |
> >  V
> >Hub
> >  |
> >  V
> >Home network consisting of The abovementioned Windows 
> laptops plus an old
> >PowerMac
> >
> >
> >I've read messages here where people refer to setups like 
> this that they
> >have running... is this pretty standard?  I know that, at a 
> minimum, I want
> >to be running Apache w/PHP 4.0.6 with mysql and 
> postgresql... haven't used
> >postgres at all but would like to learn it... I'm okay with 
> setting up the
> >Apache/PHP stuff.  I've done that so many times at work it 
> makes me dizzy.
> >But I also need to figure out how to get my second network 
> card running
> >(Netgear, box says linux supported but it didn't detect), 
> and then set it 
> >up
> >so that I can still access the internet from all four 
> machines as well as
> >get mail routed to the three behind the firewall.  I have a 
> domain pointed
> >to this box... I use mail forwarding as a registrar service, 
> where all mail
> >to my domain gets forwarded to a single address, but I would 
> like to have a
> >lot more control over it (i.e. separate addresses to 
> separate mailboxes).
> >Will still need to do VPN through the linux firewall to 
> work, and oh yes, I
> >will want to set up Samba (which I've done) and Netatalk 
> (which I haven't
> >done).
> >
> >At&t requests that you don't run a server w/ one of their 
> cable modems, and
> >I can understand why... bandwidth shrinks dramatically in 
> the outgoing
> >direction and tends to clog things up for everybody else.  Is there 
> >anything
> >else of comparable cost that would be more amenable to this 
> kind of usage?
> >If not, what am I looking at paying (roughly) if I want to 
> up my outgoing
> >bandwidth by using some other service?
> >
> >Thanks in advance for help with all or just parts of this...
> >
> >Chris
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