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Debian Lenny upgrades: watch out for the bnx2 firmware!

While installing a new server, I noticed that Debian kicked the bnx2 firmware for the Broadcom NetXtreme II (like found in HP DL3xx and Dell PowerEdge servers), to non-free. More here

If you miss or ignore that line, your server won’t have any bnx2 network interfaces when booting the new kernel, till somebody boots the old kernel and and executes an apt-get install firmware-bnx2 from non-free… I’m glad I found that one before I started to upgrade my server in colo!

One Response to “Debian Lenny upgrades: watch out for the bnx2 firmware!” »

  1. Comment by Mark Sheppard — March 29, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    Yeah, I noticed that at work *after* upgrading the kernel and rebooting :-(. Luckily the server was on-site and not a co-lo one!

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