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Old 02-03-2010, 05:06 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by nimnull22 View Post
Send your experience to OpenSuse forum, they will change the driver with next update.
Well, I don't use OpenSUSE, and wouldn't feel right about submitting something like that to a distro I do not use. I installed this kernel on a Slackware 13 system.

There is something else about this r8180 driver. Here is the modinfo for the module:

root@artume:/var/log# modinfo r8180
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.29.6-smp/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/RTL8185/r8180.ko
description: Linux driver for Realtek RTL8185 WiFi cards
author: Realsil Wlan
license: GPL
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008185sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001186d00003300sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001799d00006020sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001799d00006001sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008180sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends: ieee80211-rtl
vermagic: 2.6.29.6-smp SMP mod_unload 686
parm: ifname:charp
parm: devname: Net interface name, wlan%d=default
parm: hwseqnum: Try to use hardware 802.11 header sequence numbers. Zero=default (int)
parm: hwwep: Try to use hardware WEP support. Still broken and not available on all cards (int)
parm: channels: Channel bitmask for specific locales. NYI (int)

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As you can see, the license for this driver is GPL, so it could be added to the kernel source if the maintainers wanted to do so. I recall reading at one point or another Realtek wasn't cooperating so well with open source, but I don't know anything about the history there and this could very well be different now.
 
  


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