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SubjectRe: Open hardware wireless cards
Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:

>On Wed, Jan 05, 2005 at 02:24:47PM -0500, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
><-- snip -->
>>As far as support for the new chipsets goes -- sorry -- we won't be able
>>to support it as I don't think even Conexant has a final well tested
>>linux source base ready for 2.6. And even if we are given a source base
>>there is nothing we can do to get around the need for the closed-source
>>softmac libs that it relies on. As much as I'd like to support it, I
>>don't want to get a headache to support something I cannot modify so I
>>won't be willing to support a half-opened driver as the atheros driver.
>I'd also like to add...
>For those of you frustrated about our current wireless driver situation
>in open platforms --
>I think we probably will have this trouble with most modern hardware for a while
>(graphics cards, wireless driver, etc). A lot of has to do with patent
>infringement issues, "intellectual property" protection, and other
>business-oriented excuses.
>What I think we probably will have to do is just work torwards seeing if
>we can come up with our own open wireless hardware. I know there was
>a recent thread on lkml about an open video card -- anyone know where
>that ended up?
>If we can't come up with our own project to work on open hardware we can
>also just see if its feasible to purchase hardware companies on the
>verge of going backrupt and buy them out and release the specs/etc (a la
>blender). Can someone do the math here? I'm lazy.
> Luis
hello anyone

i thing that i didn't get the point... what did suppose to mean "we can
come up with our own open wireless hardware". does it means that the
kernel/ Linux community to design a complete hardware from scratch?

I'm don't know if there is people that would like to work in a project
like that. if there is people that would like to do it i don't know if
they can do it...

in case that i would had the choice then i get my wireless card, to make
a new my one based to the design of someone that i don't know, not
knowing if it is going to work in all cases and environments and knowing
that i would use FPGA instead of ICs created for this functionality... i
would not do it... i know what means designing hardware even if i don't
have great experience in that (only some basic experience in Verilog...)
i think that an idea like that is much closer to the opercores

According to my understanding, the problem with the wireless cards
drivers and generally the drivers can be solved in two ways... first
convincing the companies to produce the drivers or help other people
code them.
reverse engineering to the win drivers...(i think that this is harder)

i never understand way companies don't help with the drivers under
linux.... in any way they are going to sell more products...

any way sorry for the long text and C.U. around.


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