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no make, no NIC driver, need help

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2008-09-12
2013-04-18
  • Jereme Hall
    Jereme Hall
    2008-09-12

    I loaded v1.16 on a Dell Optiplex 170L desktop (I know... proprietary drivers).
    Everything works except the motherboard based networking.

    So, I disabled that in BIOS and installed a network card that has a debian driver.
    In order to install the driver, I need "make".
    Make does not seem to be part of this distro.

    What are my options?
    Anyone, please let me know how to install a network driver for this distro.

     
    • Jereme Hall
      Jereme Hall
      2008-09-12

      Sorry, got the version wrong.
      It is version 1.0.6.x

      I'm going to install v 1.0.4.x to see if that version is more complete.

       
    • Jereme Hall
      Jereme Hall
      2008-09-13

      Still no "make" tool.
      I downloaded the "SDK" iso.  It is just full-blown Xandos with a huge amount of deb files in the ISO as well.

      Which deb file on the SDK iso holds the "make" tool?
      I can install that deb file on the eeePC machine and then get my LAN card working.

      or...

      I can generate the module using the Xandros desktop and them move and install the module on the eeePC machine. 

      Will that work? 
      Do they have the same kernel version?

      It is absolutely essential to be able to run "make" on a linux machine.
      There are always hardware drivers that must build from binary.

      Why didn't the eeepc community build include "make" in the kernel?