FCP-0101: Deprecating most 10/100 Ethernet drivers

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Oct 23 23:11:07 UTC 2018

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 3:57 PM Julian H. Stacey <jhs at berklix.com> wrote:

> Doug Hardie wrote:
> > I have a number of production servers that only have bge and I don't see
> that listed in either category.  None of them are running FreeBSD 12 yet as
> it has not been released.  Also there are some with rl.  Those are add-on
> boards so they could be changed, but would require extensive effort as the
> machines are about a 4 hour drive from here and would require
> reconfiguration (an error prone process when you are tired).
> bge is also used by my main laptop with current Oct 15 18:33
> /boot/kernel/kernel
> bge0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
>         media: Ethernet autoselect (1000baseT <full-duplex>)
> Doug, I think bge must be safe as man 4 bge:
> "bge - Broadcom BCM57xx/BCM590x Gigabit/Fast Ethernet driver"
> & Brooks proposal was ... "a plan to deprecate most 10/100 Ethernet
> drivers"

Indeed. https://github.com/freebsd/fcp/blob/master/fcp-0101.md shows bge is
not on the list to go.


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