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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"Too bad this didn't happen sooner, like before Debian froze Squeeze...

Debian has apparently re-instated support for backports.
Yeah, I heard about that. But doesn't that mean that, still, the backports repository must be added manually and anything in it needs to be installed manually as well?

What I meant is, it would be nice if this would have happened sooner so Debian could have put it directly in the distribution. In other words, no need to have an ethernet cable connected to the machine to download bc43-fwcutter or whatever it is, it would just work after installing the OS. AFAIK, backports doesn't work that way. It's 100% manual.

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