I was assigned a workstation where I work and I needed to install Debian on it. I chose Wheezy because the other machines I use also have it, but I ran into a problem.
The workstation is a Dell Optiplex 990 (I should've opted out of it.), and it has the following ethernet card on it:
$ lspci | grep Network $ Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network
Apparently, the stable release of Debian 7.1 does not support this driver. The best way to update the more up-to-date version would be to just compile the newer driver.
This is where my trouble begins though. To compile the driver, I need a kernel development package. To create the kernel development package and compile the custom kernel, I need a boatload of other packages (notably gcc, make, etc.) that have a lot of dependencies.
Since I don't want to get too deep inside dependency hell, I was wondering what my best course of action here could be. Trying to install all the dependencies manually will probably result in an error somewhere even if I'm careful, as I'm dealing with kernel stuff here.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.