Let me reply to your original post again...
Originally posted by jayseye
Is there a precompiled "ne" module, or a replacement, included with kernel 2.6.10 ?
There is no ne module to be found in lib/modules/2.6.10/kernel/drivers/net/ in Slackware's
2.6.10 kernel in /testing/packages/linux-2.6.10/. Please note that this kernel is in testing
but your module is included in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules
An old NE2000 ISA card (non-PCI) works only when I compile support directly into a custom kernel. I've yet to find a loadable module (ne.ko) corresponding to the ne.o.gz (or ne.o) which came with earlier kernels.
See above, and read these instructions from /etc/rc.d/rc.modules:
### Network device support ###
# Most of these drivers will probe automatically for the card if you don't
# specify an I/O address and IRQ. But, the NE2000 driver needs at least the
# I/O. For complete information, see the net-modules.txt file that comes
# with the Linux 2.2.x source code. This file can also be found on the
# Slackware CD-ROM in the /docs/linux-2.2.x/ directory.
# First, if setup probing found a network card, there may be an 'rc.netdevice'
# file that we should run to load the network module:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.netdevice ]; then
Some other 2.6.x distros seem to include a ne.ko module, including Debian, Mandrake, and perhaps SuSE.
Pat doesn't prepare Slackware based upon other distros. That is totally irrelevant.
Perhaps one of them would better suit your needs.
Does anyone know whether this was left out of Slackware 10.1 for a particular reason? Or has the functionality been absorbed into some other module?
Pat V. says
Essentially, there are so many different options
available in modern Linux kernels that it isn't practical to try to ship
many different kernels to try to cover everyone's needs.
You will not get your authoritative replies in this forum
because Pat V. is the only
authority of Slackware, and he doesn't read and reply to LQ threads. What you can expect
is help getting the issue resolved. This forum doesn't exist to second guess Pat's decisions,
or to answer why he did or did not do something in Slackware. Email him for that.