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It's in kernel space. This article from Linux Device Drivers is a bit dated but still should generally apply: https://lwn.net/images/pdf/LDD3/ch18.pdf However, there is some effort recently towards replacing the kernel driver with a userspace console called "KMSCON" -- see that project's site for more: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/~dvdhrm/kmscon/tree/README
This sounds like the most likely culprit is a missing driver for your network card. You could check this by running the command lspci -k and seeing if your Ethernet adapter lists a kernel driver being used (which I suspect it won't). Providing that this is the cause, you could either tell us here what network card you have installed in your machine ...
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