Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 17:40 UTC, submitted by kragil
Linux Ahem. I just had to write that all-caps headline. Broadcom's wireless chips - used by just about everybody in this industry - have been a major pain in the bum for Linux users, because the company did not release open source drivers. Workarounds had to be created, lots of pain was had in the process, but now, Broadcom has finally seen the light: they have open sourced their wireless Linux drivers.
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Could someone from the Haiku project comment on the usefulness of this release towards getting WiFi working well on Haiku?

I suspect it will only have any major advantage to Haiku when it has been merged into FreeBSD where we have already "lifted" most of the WLAN stack and drivers from already.

As for "working well" - that isn't driver-related anyway. The missing support for full WPA/WPA2 is something that needs to be written/ported - and the necessary userland utilities to manage the network and encryption selection need to be created.

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