GNU-Hurd and the material

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In my previous article I have installed GNU-Hurd on my laptop. In this article we will see the supported material. GNU-Hurd is starting to use a component named Rump. This project provides free kernel drivers, compatibles POSIX that can be reused in any kernel. It will enlarge the number of materiel supporter by the system, it’s also used by NetBSD.

Most of my material is recognized, but it’s more difficult to use it.

root@debian:/home/debian# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 04)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 04)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
06:03.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI7420 CardBus Controller
06:03.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI7x20 1394a-2000 OHCI Two-Port PHY/Link-Layer Controller
06:03.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCI7420/7620 SD/MS-Pro Controller
06:04.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR5212/5213/2414 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
06:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller Mobile (rev 03)

Disk driver

It’s recognized. I haven’t been able to mount it, the directory is empty or the translator is dying.

Graphic card

My intel card is working with the vesa driver. It’s working only with old intel cards and not with HD Graphics or more recent cards. I have also tried some computers Nvidia and Ati cards, but no success.

Hard disk

Everything is recognized, you can use a Pata or a Sata hard disk. In the past there was a bug with system partitions bigger than 80GB, I’m not sure if it’s still present.

Mouse

My USB mouse is working perfectly, I can also use the touchpad to move the pointer and click, but impossible to click with the physical buttons.

Physical network

The connection is working, not sure if it’s using Ethernet or Fast Ethernet. Usually network cards are very well supported, driver used is from Linux 2.32.

Screen

The resolution is correct, nothing bad to report.

Sounds

I can see the volume, I can start a music and see the result in pulse audio but nothing is going out. I have tried with the built-in speakers and with my headphone. I haven’t been able to record myself using an external microphone.

USB

Impossible to use any USB device.

WiFi

My internal card is detected but impossible to use it. I can’t also access to my PCMCIA WiFi card.

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