Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Jul 2006 21:25 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS The Realtek 8169 network card driver has been ported to the Syllable desktop operating system from Linux. This is the first Gigabit network driver for Syllable. A beta release [.bin.zip] is available and the driver will be included in the next release of Syllable.
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by mattst88 on Mon 31st Jul 2006 22:32 UTC
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2005-08-27

That's an extremely common device, so a good choice in porting it. Seems like there are never enough drivers. Nice work Syllable Devs.

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nice
by computrius on Mon 31st Jul 2006 22:40 UTC
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2006-03-26

My motherboard has this card built in, too bad my router is only 100mb, so it would be pointless to use.

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RE: nice
by Soulbender on Tue 1st Aug 2006 06:24 UTC in reply to "nice"
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2005-08-18

"too bad my router is only 100mb, so it would be pointless to use."

Gigabit networking is "pointless" for most workstations since they'll never utilize more than a fraction of a gigabit and probably not even close to FastEthernet. That said, being able to use the card at all is still better than not being able to and there are some other performance adcvantages, such as better buffering and interrupt mitigation, to be had from gigabit cards even on fastethernet networks.

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RE[2]: nice
by agentj on Tue 1st Aug 2006 07:05 UTC in reply to "RE: nice"
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2005-08-19

... unless you use your machine as a file server of wireless workstation server. They said that 20GB disks were large enough. They said that 640KB of RAM is enought ...

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RE[2]: nice
by dagw on Tue 1st Aug 2006 13:48 UTC in reply to "RE: nice"
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2005-07-06

Tests I've run seem to indicate that Gigabit ethernet is about twice as fast as FastEthernet in most real world scenarios involving getting files off a somewhat busy fileserver across a somewhat busy network with gigabit switchs. Twice as fast obvioulsy isn't anywhere near the theoretical maximum, but it does make a difference.

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RE[3]: nice
by Soulbender on Wed 2nd Aug 2006 02:40 UTC
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2005-08-18

"unless you use your machine as a file server of wireless workstation server."

that's why I said most, not all.

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