Understanding the Removal of the QLogic 10Gb “QLGE” Ethernet Driver from the Linux Kernel

QLogic Ethernet Driver

QLogic Ethernet Driver

How to Respond to the Removal of QLogic 10Gb “QLGE”

The Linux Kernel, the heart of the Linux operating system, is known for its extensive driver support that ensures compatibility with a wide range of hardware devices. However, maintaining such a vast array of drivers is no small feat, and occasionally, certain drivers may be deemed no longer essential and face removal. One such driver is the QLogic 10Gb “QLGE” Ethernet Driver, which, according to a recent news article, is set to be removed from the Linux Kernel.

Why is the QLogic 10Gb “QLGE” Driver Being Removed?

Drivers can face removal for various reasons, including obsolescence, lack of maintenance, or limited user base. In the case of the QLogic 10Gb “QLGE” Ethernet Driver, specifics were not clearly mentioned, but it’s evident that the developers believe its removal won’t significantly impact the Linux community.

However, there is a silver lining. The developers have mentioned that if there’s enough demand or users manifesting their need for this driver, it will be restored to the drivers/net/ directory, as suggested in the linked message.

How Can Users “Manifest Themselves”?

This is where many users, especially those not deeply involved in the Linux development community, find themselves confused. The linked message provides some instructions, but they can seem cryptic to the uninitiated.

  • Using the mbox file: The instruction mentions saving an mbox file and importing it into your email client. This mbox file essentially contains the email thread related to this topic. Once imported, you can reply to all the participants, ensuring you keep the conversation context. Remember to use the interleaved style of quoting to maintain clarity.
  • Using git-send-email: For those familiar with Git, the git-send-email command allows sending patches or replies via email. The provided switches, –to, –cc, and –in-reply-to, help direct the email to the right recipients and thread.

How to Respond using Thunderbird?

If you’re using the Thunderbird email client, the process is a bit more streamlined:

  • Download the mbox file from the link.
  • In Thunderbird, go to “Tools” > “Import” and select “Mail.” Choose the mbox file you just downloaded.
  • You should now see the email thread in Thunderbird. Reply to the thread, ensuring you’re replying to all participants.
  • Make sure to use the interleaved style of quoting for clarity.

While the removal of the QLogic 10Gb “QLGE” Ethernet Driver may concern some, the Linux community is always open to feedback. If you rely on this driver, ensure you make your voice heard following the steps above.