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Linux Journal: An Interview with Bjorn Ekwall [Kernel Developer]

Jun 27, 2000, 07:41 (1 Talkback[s])


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"What part of Linux were you personally interested in and working on? How are you still involved with Linux development?"

"Bjorn: I already owned my own commercially based UNIX system (System/V.3 on a Motorola 68k VME), so I definitely wanted to network my new Linux machine with it. Problem: there was no space for a network card in the laptop, and PCMCIA had hardly been invented yet. The only networking potentially available was with a "dongle" adapter connected to the parallel port."

"So, I bought a D-Link DE-600. It didn't have a driver for Linux, of course, so I built one."

"I had good help from the Crynwr packet drivers (in assembler for DOS), released by Russel Nelson, when I tried to understand the inner workings of the DE-600. Let me tell you that the cycle think, edit, kernel compile, reboot, test/crash, reboot requires a lot of patience (and time!) when all you have is a 386SX/25 with just 5MB of memory! I think I went through that cycle a hundred times, at least. Most people would call that crazy. I just consider myself stubborn."

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