[clug] Q: 2.2.16 pcmcia for my LRP forewall

Eyal Lebedinsky eyal at eyal.emu.id.au
Sun Oct 14 22:08:39 GMT 2007

For the last few (almost 10?) years my firewall is LRP running from
a floppy on Pentium machines that come off the end of my upgrade
cycles. It is now a PII/550.

I never used the pcmcia subsystem and I now want to move my firewall
to an old laptop (reducing power usage 55w -> 17w).

After spending some time with it I am unsure about how easy it will
be to modify the floppy to do that. This is 2.2.16 and pcmcia was then
an add-on package. I do have access to the compiled pieces.

Can I do this by just loading the necessary kernel modules? A first
attempt at this failed. I loaded 'pcmcia_core' OK, but 'ds' did not
load and gave no meaningful message. Last I need to load 'xirc2ps_cs'.

Do I need to build a kernel with some special options or should it
work with just loadable modules?

Do I have to use the user side card manager? I do not plan to
[un]plug the cards, this is going to be a static setup.

Failing this I might bite the bullet and configure a new firewall
to run on an Edimax BR-6104KP which has a mips-linux distro and
doco aplenty. Cheap, uses even less power and is probably more
powerful than the P/133 laptop.

Eyal Lebedinsky	(eyal at eyal.emu.id.au)

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