Re: Solution for freezes when scp/ftp/nfs with most linux di
Thanks for pointing this out. I bought a fit-pc2i, installed Ubuntu 11.10, and ran into this problem big time. If I use the ethernet interfaces significantly at all, the machine freezes completely.
I tried using Realtek's r8168 driver, but found that it breaks vlan tagging. (If I disable the hardware acceleration for vlan tagging on the tx path and leave it enabled for the rx path, it kind of works but still breaks. Go figure.) And that's in addition to the difficulty installing and building the r8168 driver. Also, I tried reporting these bugs to Realtek and didn't get a response. So no thanks.
I then found https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... bug/839393
, in which people suggested that newer r8169 drivers (in the Linux 3.1 kernel releases) work better, so I tried that, and they do indeed run better.
Then I installed a Linux 3.2 kernel underneath my Ubuntu 11.10 installation, and that worked even better.
So in my experience, stay away from the r8168 driver, and stay away from the r8169 driver included in the 3.0 kernel, but by the 3.2 kernel, r8169 should be usable (no freezes and vlan tagging works).
I sure wish fit-pc would have documented this somewhere obvious, and I wouldn't have wasted hours figuring it out, though.
I also wish there were some models of fit-pc that don't use realtek network adapters.