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Old 09-10-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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LXer: Broadcom Delivers Open Source WiFi Driver for Linux


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Global wireless chip leader Broadcom has released an open source WiFi driver for Linux with the intention to float the driver into the mainline kernel once it's been thoroughly evaluated. The first Linux distro to make use of the driver will be Ubuntu 10.10. A kernel developer at Canonical also said there are tentative plans to retroactively add driver support to 10.04.

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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Oh yeah... Kind of like the way M$ "backports" features from Win7 to Vista and from Vista to XP...

But really, having more wireless driver support is something worth liking, because about 70% of Wi-Fi cards are based on Broadcom chipsets.
 
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This is a really, really good thing because Broadcom absolutely and completely sucks at keeping up with kernel development.
 
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Finally. It would be nice to have native drivers, instead of having to use their win32 drivers via a wrapper. I don't care if it is just the binary, I would be willing to run their proprietary driver just to get wifi to work just like how I got 2d/3d to work with NVIDIA's driver.
 
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Agreed, Jeebizz. This will not only affect Broadcom devices themselves, but also **ALL** Wi-Fi cards (like Linksys ones) based on Broadcom chipsets.
 
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I wonder if this will open up the router world a bit too. A lot of routers use Broadcom chipsets. It would be nice if Tomato or dd-wrt and the like would run on a wider variety of hardware.
 
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I wonder if this will open up the router world a bit too. A lot of routers use Broadcom chipsets. It would be nice if Tomato or dd-wrt and the like would run on a wider variety of hardware.
My Verizon supplied router branded "Actiontec", runs BusyBox

Code:
Wireless Broadband Router> shell


BusyBox v0.50 (2009.11.16-04:00+0000) Built-in shell (lash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

/ # 
/ # cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.4.21openrg-rmk1 #2 Sun Nov 15 20:11:35 PST 2009
/ # cat /proc/modules
clnkdrv2210           193304   4
ks8995m_mod             7256   0 (unused)
qos_ingress              500   0 (unused)
btn                     2036   0 (unused)
ppp                    30196   0 (unused)
wlan_ccmp               5480   0 (unused)
aes_mod                29364   0 (unused)
crypto_mod              7376   0 [wlan_ccmp aes_mod]
wlan_acl                2324   0 (unused)
wlan_tkip               9836   0 (unused)
ath_pci                75984   1
ath_rate_atheros       25160   0 [ath_pci]
ath_hal               183512   1 [ath_pci ath_rate_atheros]
wlan_scan_ap            3244   0 (unused)
wlan_xauth               516   0 (unused)
wlan_wep                4300   0 (unused)
wlan                  138416   1 [wlan_ccmp wlan_acl wlan_tkip ath_pci ath_rate_atheros wlan_scan_ap wlan_xauth wlan_wep]
ath_dfs                26392   0 [ath_pci]
krgldr_module           1100   0 (unused)
rg_ipv4                  724   0 (unused)
rg_dhcp_pktfil          3156   0 (unused)
jfw                   335344   0 (unused)
frag_cache_mod          6068   0 [jfw]
tcp_mss                 1260   0 (unused)
rg_bridge              41920   1 [ks8995m_mod]
igmp_proxy_mod         54540   0 [rg_bridge]
ixp425_eth_mod         10028   1
ixp425_csr_init_mod     1260   0 (unused)
csr                   127088   0 [ixp425_eth_mod ixp425_csr_init_mod]
log_chardev             1868   0 (unused)
act_kconf_mod            316   0 [ixp425_eth_mod]
kleds_mod               2372   0 (unused)
ixp425_flash_mod        1408   1
kos_lib                57472   5 [ks8995m_mod qos_ingress btn ppp krgldr_module rg_ipv4 rg_dhcp_pktfil jfw frag_cache_mod tcp_mss rg_bridg
e igmp_proxy_mod ixp425_eth_mod log_chardev kleds_mod]
And of course it is wireless. Still I am pretty sure the wireless is utilizing a wrapper too? Don't really know about the wireless chipset of this router.
 
  


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