Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Oct 2006 21:10 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Michael Lotz, of Tracker.NewFS, SVG, Haiku USB, Qemu, and countless other cool-things-to-have fame has checked in Haiku's first wireless network driver, for the Intel Pro Wireless 2100. This chipset, which inhabits nearly all early Centrino-badged devices, is amongst the more common wireless hardware found in recent computers. It works on r5 as well.
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RE[3]: How about on BeBits?
by jonas.kirilla on Fri 20th Oct 2006 17:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How about on BeBits?"
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I hate to put a damper on your enthusiasm, but the network device drivers for Windows are useless to Haiku as long as there's no NDIS wrapper for them in Haiku. If someone makes such a thing, by adapting the one from Linux or the one from FreeBSD, distribution of repackaged(?) device drivers for Windows may still not be entirely legal. It might be a violation of the EULAs or copyright. I don't know, I'm not a lawyer. :[

I suppose though that Haiku, inc could, if time and resources permit, talk to hardware makers and ask permission to bundle their binaries meant for Windows.

Edited 2006-10-20 17:31

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RE[4]: How about on BeBits?
by traderjb on Sat 21st Oct 2006 07:34 in reply to "RE[3]: How about on BeBits?"
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So much for that then. ;)

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Firmware woes?
by jonas.kirilla on Sat 21st Oct 2006 08:51 in reply to "RE[4]: How about on BeBits?"
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A related distribution issue is that of binary firmware, which a lot of cards need these days. These blobs, as some call them, are loaded onto the card by the device driver (unless I've got it all wrong).

While Haiku now has a perfectly good driver, open source and all, ready for inclusion on the Haiku CD, I'm not sure whether it's possible to also distribute the firmware and thus get the "first-boot and it-just-works" situation. But, IANAL, so perhaps it is indeed possible for an ISV (Haiku) to distribute the firmware. Some legalese, for interested parties:

For the record, I don't mind firmware as long as it's open or at the very least it's got a no-nonsense license that permits free distribution and does not require end-user license exposure.

BTW, here's some info on the aforementioned NDIS wrapper:

Edited 2006-10-21 08:56

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