Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd May 2006 17:09 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
Linux The day when WiFi cards 'just work' under Linux may be fast approaching. WiFi software stack specialist Devicescape has released its 'Advanced Datapath' 802.11 driver stack to the open source community under the GPL, and the Linux kernel developer community appears to be working to adapt it for mainline inclusion.
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RE[2]: About time
by enloop on Tue 2nd May 2006 20:03 UTC in reply to "RE: About time"
enloop
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2005-11-13

The trouble with hardware support in Linux is that Linux is a rapidly moving target. What works today might not work tomorrow. That's inherent in the development model. A closed proprietary model can control -- allow or forbid -- code changes that affect compatibility, A very closed model, like Apple's, can do that very, very well. Consumer choice is also very restricted, of course, but there's less worry about the false choice represented by options that may or may not work.

A case in point are the RaLink drivers, which apparently don't work with SMP kernels at the moment. If one agency or organization controlled both -- the drivers and the kernel -- they could choose to hold the kernel back until it didn't break the drivers. Or, vice versa.

Yes, open source can respond to isse very rapidly, But, there's no one playing God who can say: Don't Do A Until B Is Ready.

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RE[3]: About time
by archiesteel on Tue 2nd May 2006 20:14 in reply to "RE[2]: About time"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Yes, open source can respond to isse very rapidly, But, there's no one playing God who can say: Don't Do A Until B Is Ready.

Actually, as far as the kernel goes, there is: Linus. The Devicescape driver stack is a good example of this: it works, it's been tested, and it's very promising, but it won't get added into the kernel until Linus and his team say "go!"

In reality, apart from a few isolated examples, it's a very rare occurence for hardware to stop working when a new kernel comes out. The good thing about it is, if it happens, just don't upgrade your kernel.

In any case, this is great news for Linux WiFi, any way you cut it. Please stay on-topic...

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