Sun Microsystems Quad Gigabit Ethernet Nic Compatibility

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Hello I am thinking of buying this card to and wanted to know if this NIC
is supported. The card is a Sun Microsystems PCI-X Quad-Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter QGEXPCI 501-6738-10. Can’t find any info on how well the card plays with CentOS and also proxmox ve (if any of you use that distro )

If things don’t seem to work I may bite the bullet and buy an Intel card

thanks Rafeal Stewart

5 thoughts on - Sun Microsystems Quad Gigabit Ethernet Nic Compatibility

  • I’ve not tried that card on anything other than Sun UltraSparc running Solaris 9 and 10, but rumor has it Linux has a ‘cassini’ driver that supports the Sun GigaSwift NIC on those.

  • I see. My gut is starting to tell me its not worth the time to replace it, if this Sun NIC doesnt play nice with Linux. I also intend to use the card with Proxmox VE which is debian based.

    Rafeal Stewart

  • Why not instead buy an Intel Quad port NIC?
    Something you _know_ will be well supported.

    While I’m using a dual port PCI-X NIC and not a quad, I’m really happy with the compatibility (ethool can blink the LEDs) and have no complaints about performance.

    It is an Intel 82571EB using the e1000e kernel driver. lspci (for one interface of the dual) output below:

    ~]# lspci -s 08:00 -vv
    08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 06)
    Subsystem: Intel Corporation PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr+
    Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx+
    Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL

  • The cassini.ko driver is present in el5 and el6, but Red Hat dropped support from RHEL7. If you want to use it on el7 then has packaged the driver for el7, backported from kernel-3.10.63:


    At present it’s in the testing repo so do let us know if you try it and it works for you.