Contributed by phessler on from the when-fuel-costs-more-than-network dept.
I just imported a driver for the new Intel 82598EB PCI Express 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters. ix(4) is based on Intel's ixgbe FreeBSD driver, with a shorter name and many local changes for OpenBSD.
The driver is fully-operational and survived some long-time tests, I had to work on borrowed hardware from another company since Intel didn't provide us any cards. It is currently not sure how to maintain the driver in the future without having cards in the project.
John Ronciak from Intel told me that they don't have more cards to give away. It is purely a business case issue; a lot of customer have asked for FreeBSD, they got two cards, but nobody asked for an OpenBSD driver. He told me that they're doing the right thing for their customers. But of course I could still buy them on the open market.
Anyway, have fun with ix(4), it may become more common on the market.
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.", Benjamin Franklin 1755 (Found as quote below a mail from Intel).
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