At 10:44 AM 2/29/2008, Chris wrote:

A weakness of freebsd is its fussyness over hardware in particular
network cards, time and time again I see posts here telling people to
go out buying expensive intel pro 1000 cards just so they can use the
operating system properly when I think its reasonable to expect
mainstream hardware to work, eg. realtek is mainstream and common as a

A realtek as in rl (not re) works quite well (as in stable, predictable performance)-- we buy these for about $5 each from our supplier and are quite common. While it would be nice that all network cards worked as well as the em nics, its an issue that is easy to work around-- after all, I would rather be limited by my nic driver choice as opposed to vm and network stack issues which I cant work around. Also thankfully, a large chunk of the server MB market uses em nics. Yes, bge/bce based nics do seem to perform poorly on FreeBSD. Hopefully Broadcom might put similar resources into driver development as Intel does/has.

---Mike
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