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?"
jonas.kirilla
Member since:
2005-07-11

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?"
traderjb Member since:
2006-05-16

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?"
jonas.kirilla Member since:
2005-07-11

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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_blob

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:

http://ipw2100.sourceforge.net/firmware.php?fid=4

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NdisWrapper

Edited 2006-10-21 08:56

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