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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Heal yeah!
by Drumhellar on Thu 9th Sep 2010 18:14 UTC
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That means, before long, I'll finally be able switch to FreeBSD on my laptop!

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RE: Heal yeah!
by kaiwai on Fri 10th Sep 2010 00:35 in reply to "Heal yeah!"
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2005-07-06

That means, before long, I'll finally be able switch to FreeBSD on my laptop!


You can already do that IIRC, FreeBSd has the bwi driver which is ported from OpenBSD the downside I don't think it supports WPA ;) Maybe someone can create an abstraction layer so that it is easier to port Linux wireless drivers to other platforms.

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RE[2]: Heal yeah!
by Drumhellar on Fri 10th Sep 2010 01:11 in reply to "RE: Heal yeah!"
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2005-07-12

Cool. I'll check it out.

Last I messed with it, the only way was to use NDIS wrapper, which for some reason or another, simply does not work on my laptop.

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RE: Heal yeah!
by kaiwai on Fri 10th Sep 2010 00:44 in reply to "Heal yeah!"
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2005-07-06

That means, before long, I'll finally be able switch to FreeBSD on my laptop!


You can already do that IIRC, FreeBSd has the bwi driver which is ported from OpenBSD the downside I don't think it supports WPA ;) Maybe someone can create an abstraction layer so that it is easier to port Linux wireless drivers to other platforms. The good side as someone mentioned is the fact that it is MIT/BSD licence which will hopefully mean that it'll be ported soon assuming it is well documented and readable code.

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