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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That's cool if true, but unfortunately, it still means you'll need to haul the machine to another room and connect it to another monitor, mouse and keyboard just to download the updated kernel. And then move it back to where it belongs and set it up yet again.

Or you could just download the backported driver package on another machine and copy it from there to a USB stick ... this method is called sneakernet.

This is a high-latency but nevertheless relatively high-bandwidth tried and trusted data transport protocol that goes way back to the days of floppy disks.


Edited 2010-09-10 11:01 UTC

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