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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RE[3]: Heal yeah!
by kaiwai on Fri 10th Sep 2010 03:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Heal yeah!"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

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.


It is the one thing that holds be back from OpenSolaris - I just hope that moving OpenSolaris out to a real community orientated development that we'll see faster progression of drivers being ported over so that one doesn't need to result to ugly hacks such as Windows drivers on Solaris/*NIX/*BSD.

Btw, interesting side note, just had a look at the ONNV notification over at OpenSolaris and it appears that Oracle/Sun has stopped merging their code into the tree - have Oracle/OpenSolaris stopped providing changes to the public?

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RE[5]: Heal yeah!
by kaiwai on Sun 12th Sep 2010 01:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Heal yeah!"
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Cool, thank you for the link - I just hope that the consequence of such a decision rolls of in the form of Solaris 11 which really addresses the short comings of Solaris/OpenSolaris. Hopefully the focus will not just be on adding more features that niche customers use but also adding features that will address demands by potential customers who have put off going with Oracle because of the lack of these features.

On a good side with the release of the BroadCom source code there is already a move in the illumos to port the driver to it - which hopefully will roll off to being able to get installed on Solaris 11 once it is released ;)

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