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[Bug 466400] New: linux-gpib drivers for Opensuse 11.0 and 11.1
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  • Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 06:40:32 -0700 (MST)
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https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=466400


Summary: linux-gpib drivers for Opensuse 11.0 and 11.1
Classification: openSUSE
Product: openSUSE 11.1
Version: RC 2
Platform: Other
OS/Version: openSUSE 11.1
Status: NEW
Severity: Normal
Priority: P5 - None
Component: Kernel
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: anshulajain@xxxxxxxxx
QAContact: qa@xxxxxxx
Found By: ---


User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.5)
Gecko/2008121723 Mandriva/3.0.5-69.1mib2008.1 (2008.1) Firefox/3.0.5

GPIB is a very popular instrument control protocol that was developed by HP and
is being used in almost all instruments worldwide. One of the major
manufacturer of GPIB hardware is National Instruments which makes the
engineering test development software-Labview.

National Instruments provides free drivers which are closed source and
proprietary for Linux. These work excellently on Linux (www.ni.com/linux).
However, from kernel versions 2.6.25 onwards, the USB port has been locked out
for proprietary drivers/hardware. As a result, I'm unable to use the GPIB USB
hardware on the latest and greatest Opensuse release.

NI provides official support for 3 distros and Opensuse happens to be one of
them...Opensuse 11.0 is supported fully from a hardware standpoint, except for
the USB issue.

There is a solution and that is the open source linux-gpib driver project
(http://linux-gpib.sourceforge.net) and packages exist for Debian/Ubuntu. I
would be really grateful if the Opensuse devs could package this for 11.0/11.1
too. This would enable me to move most of my deployment platforms
to the latest Opensuse versions.

I can readily help with the testing as I have access to many GPIB hardware.

-Anshul

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
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