Re: Univeral Protocol Driver (using UNDI) in Linux
From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 11:09:25 EST
Daniel Rodrick wrote:
I was curious as to why a Universal driver (using UNDI API) for Linux
does not exist (or does it)?
I want to try and write a such a driver that could (in principle)
handle all the NICs that are PXE compatible.
Has this been tried? What are the technical problems that might come in
It has been tried; in fact Intel did implement this in their "Linux PXE
SDK". The UNDI API is absolutely atrocious, however, being based on
NDIS2 which is widely considered the worst of all the many network
stacks for DOS.
Additionally, many UNDI stacks don't work correctly when called from
protected mode, since the interface doesn't work right. Additionally,
UNDI is *ONLY* available after booting from the NIC.
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