Originally Posted by kazola!
The ath driver included in *BSD is the same the Madwifi provides? I thought Madwifi was Linux software only. Am I right?
Madwifi has nothing related to ath(4). Some Madwifi developers want to use OpenBSD's open source replacement to the binary only HAL that Madwifi uses, they've nicknamed it the OpenHAL. But otherwise, there is nothing that even remotely connects the two codebases.
Madwifi is a bunch of GPL code, and thus totally useless to BSDs. The ath driver is not a kernel module, it is an in-kernel driver. Noone has given a report of OpenBSD and the ar5007eg card working together yet, you'd be best off giving OpenBSD and FreeBSD both a trail run and seeing if one does the job or not. Since the ath developer works from FreeBSD, and the hal's developer OpenBSD, it's the best way to try when you're talking BSD and Atheros. Reyk and Sam are their names, Reyk from OpenBSD and Sam from FreeBSD.