Broken WOL

My server was the last system updated to Slackware 14.2. After resolving most of the bugs and quirks in the other systems, updating the server went reasonably smooth.

Happily, I discovered the 4.4.x kernel supports network transfer stats with the alx kernel module driver. Sadly, I discovered that wake-on-lan remains broken. I still have to backport a compatibility patch.

Perhaps a new motherboard is in order, but there is no excuse why wake-on-lan remains broken on a modern kernel.

This is an example why the Year of the Linux Desktop never arrives.

This is why, when I feel disappointed and cynical I agree with the old adage that “You get what you pay for.”

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: Slackware

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