View Full Version : Potential hardware-damaging e1000e driver: Intrepid

September 30th, 2008, 07:07 PM

Reports have been coming in that the e1000e ethernet driver for Intel GigE chipsets, as included upstream in Linux 2.6.27, may under certain conditions irreparably damage your ethernet hardware by corrupting the on-board firmware. Alpha releases are expected to have a fair number of bugs, but bugs that damage hardware is another matter. As a result of this bug we must recommend that users do *not* use Intrepid alphas, including the LiveCDs, on machines with Intel GigE ethernet.
Efforts to safeguard the hardware of affected users are ongoing, though initially this will consist of a workaround in the form of disabling the e1000e driver. Alpha 6 CD images will not be re-issued for this fix, so affected users are advised to either use daily CD images once a resolution is in place, or to wait for the release of the 8.10 beta, due to be released on October 2nd. Further discussion of this issue can be found on the ubuntu-devel mailing list at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2008-September/026559.html, and progress on resolving this issue can be tracked at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/263555.

September 30th, 2008, 07:09 PM
Beware the penguins!