Started with a new employer (Citrix) today. Naturally my first task of setting up a development system was more work than I wanted it to be. Turns out the EliteBook 2560p has Intel 83579LM network hardware and the Debian Squeeze e1000 driver predates it. Using ‘testing’ is always an option but not a very stable / appealing one.
The 2.6.38 kernel and drivers have been backported to squeeze so all that’s really needed is an installer with this kernel / drivers. I didn’t know until I’d burned a good half hour searching around the web that there are unofficial Squeeze installers complete with backports: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/backports/squeeze/. One of those images is all you’ll need to get Squeeze running on a system with Intel 82579LM network hardware.