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+FORE Systems PCA-200E/SBA-200E ATM NIC driver
+This driver adds support for the FORE Systems 200E-series ATM adapters
+to the Linux operating system. It is based on the earlier PCA-200E driver
+written by Uwe Dannowski.
+The driver simultaneously supports PCA-200E and SBA-200E adapters on
+i386, alpha (untested), powerpc, sparc and sparc64 archs.
+The intent is to enable the use of different models of FORE adapters at the
+same time, by hosts that have several bus interfaces (such as PCI+SBUS,
+Only PCI and SBUS devices are currently supported by the driver, but support
+for other bus interfaces such as EISA should not be too hard to add (this may
+be more tricky for the MCA bus, though, as FORE made some MCA-specific
+modifications to the adapter's AALI interface).
+Firmware Copyright Notice
+Please read the fore200e_firmware_copyright file present
+in the linux/drivers/atm directory for details and restrictions.
+Firmware Updates
+The FORE Systems 200E-series driver is shipped with firmware data being
+uploaded to the ATM adapters at system boot time or at module loading time.
+The supplied firmware images should work with all adapters.
+However, if you encounter problems (the firmware doesn't start or the driver
+is unable to read the PROM data), you may consider trying another firmware
+version. Alternative binary firmware images can be found somewhere on the
+ForeThought CD-ROM supplied with your adapter by FORE Systems.
+You can also get the latest firmware images from FORE Systems at
+http://www.fore.com. Register TACTics Online and go to
+the 'software updates' pages. The firmware binaries are part of
+the various ForeThought software distributions.
+Notice that different versions of the PCA-200E firmware exist, depending
+on the endianess of the host architecture. The driver is shipped with
+both little and big endian PCA firmware images.
+Name and location of the new firmware images can be set at kernel
+configuration time:
+1. Copy the new firmware binary files (with .bin, .bin1 or .bin2 suffix)
+ to some directory, such as linux/drivers/atm.
+2. Reconfigure your kernel to set the new firmware name and location.
+ Expected pathnames are absolute or relative to the drivers/atm directory.
+3. Rebuild and re-install your kernel or your module.
+Feedback is welcome. Please send success stories/bug reports/
+patches/improvement/comments/flames to <lizzi@cnam.fr>.