Network-related device drivers and MPSAFEty: status, and plans for 7.0

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at
Tue Jul 19 08:50:38 GMT 2005

In message <42DCB694.7030007 at>, Martin Nilsson writes:
>Robert Watson wrote:
>> if_el        Ethernet driver for 3Com Etherlink 3C501 devices.
>>         Mutxes present and exercised, not marked MPSAFE.
>This is an 8-bit ISA card that was a piss-poor-performer even when it 
>was new. Please don't waste developer resources on things like this!

It was on the other hand one of the very first ethernet cards you
could get your and on, and some of us still keep mementoes like
that around :-)

But I agree, that driver should just be EOL'ed.

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