Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Oct 2011 20:36 UTC, submitted by zizban
BeOS & Derivatives Oh gosh, finally news that's got nothing to do with patents or smartphones or the comparing of male sexual organs. Haiku news! Michael Lotz has added preliminary support for WPA to Haiku, taking the first steps towards making the Haiku wireless stack a lot more useful.
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umccullough
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2006-01-26

The Ethernet portion of my system works fine.


Totally unrelated - completely different hardware.

And the wifi portion shows up as a selectable option in the prefs, but it showing up doesn't mean it automatically works?


Interesting. I can't remember if my broadcom chip showed up or not prior to installation of the firmware. It may have, and simply failed to work.

So I still have to install a driver for it? Didn't realize that... will try what you suggested!


Not necessarily a driver, I misspoke. The firmwares. The firmware is what the driver loads onto the wifi chip before it can be used - basically it's the operating system that the wifi chip runs, and it doesn't come pre-installed. This is pretty much how every wifi chip works, and if you don't have the firmware, you're SOL.

Since the firmware is technically "software", and thus requires a license to distribute it, this produces a tricky situation for OS developers who want to provide drivers for the hardware.

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