SDB:AVM binary driver

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Version: 10.1-11.2 This article refers to SUSE Linux 10.1 to 11.2. (Anyway binary modules, mentioned below, are available for versions up to latest openSUSE 12.1)


Some of the AVM (Fritz!) devices ( are only supported by binary drivers coming from AVM. But these are no longer distributed on the install media.

Background: For different reasons some hardware that was supported out-of-the-box by 10.0 and previous is no longer supported by 10.1. Mostly this is because it has been decided not to ship binary only (closed source) kernel modules - in compliance with the GPL and the wishes of the kernel developers. A new system (KMP, Kernel Module Packages) has been developed to address this issue - but as of yet not many binary only KMPs are available.


Linux New Media AG offers AVM drivers for SUSE Linux 10.1 for both 32 as well as 64 bit (x86 and x86-64) on their EasyLinux Starter Kit. They can be downloaded here:

For available version 10.1 to latest 12.1 check here

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openSUSE 11.2 Warning

A bug exist in openSUSE 11.2, which doesn't create correct capi20 dev node. capiinfo or capiinit start complain . Add these lines to /etc/init.d/boot.local

# Patch opensuse 11.2 doesn't create capi20 dev
mknod /dev/capi20 c  68 0
chmod 0660 /dev/capi20
chgrp dialout /dev/capi20

Launch this with sudo /etc/init.d/boot.local (be care if you have other instruction here) a capiinit start & capiinfo should now display correct information. (Have your isdn modem already configured, or do so with yast)