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CONFIG_NET_ETHERNET: Ethernet (10 or 100Mbit)

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_NET_ETHERNET has multiple definitions:

found in arch/cris/arch-v10/drivers/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_NET_ETHERNET:

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Ethernet (10 or 100Mbit) found in drivers/net/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_NET_ETHERNET:

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Ethernet (also called IEEE 802.3 or ISO 8802-2) is the most common type of Local Area Network (LAN) in universities and companies.

Common varieties of Ethernet are: 10BASE-2 or Thinnet (10 Mbps over coaxial cable, linking computers in a chain), 10BASE-T or twisted pair (10 Mbps over twisted pair cable, linking computers to central hubs), 10BASE-F (10 Mbps over optical fiber links, using hubs), 100BASE-TX (100 Mbps over two twisted pair cables, using hubs), 100BASE-T4 (100 Mbps over 4 standard voice-grade twisted pair cables, using hubs), 100BASE-FX (100 Mbps over optical fiber links) [the 100BASE varieties are also known as Fast Ethernet], and Gigabit Ethernet (1 Gbps over optical fiber or short copper links).

If your Linux machine will be connected to an Ethernet and you have an Ethernet network interface card (NIC) installed in your computer, say Y here and read the Ethernet-HOWTO, available from http://www.tldp.org/docs.html#howto. You will then also have to say Y to the driver for your particular NIC.

Note that the answer to this question won't directly affect the kernel: saying N will just cause the configurator to skip all the questions about Ethernet network cards. If unsure, say N.

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