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    SubjectRe: [madwifi-project] [RFC] Closing the project
    Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
    > On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 7:31 PM, Pavel Roskin <> wrote:
    >> On Wed, 2008-11-12 at 12:24 -0800, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
    >>> Those who are interested in this should work on it if no one else is,
    >>> just take it and go. Bureaucracy gets in the way here IMHO.
    >> It's not about bureaucracy. I need help with porting the code from one
    >> branch to another. In particular, with fixing SMP locking issues in the
    >> 0.9.4 branch. The trunk doesn't have those issues.
    > If you are not getting help its because there is a lack of interest
    > from developers. I expected this once ath5k got upstream and once more
    > documentation was available.
    >>> Distributions will soon prefer ath5k over MadWifi. At that point
    >>> MadWifi becomes a relic. Its surely good to keep MadWifi code
    >>> somewhere for reference, or maybe for the last few devices maybe not
    >>> yet supported, but any other effort put into seems like fruitless
    >>> effort spent IMHO.
    >> As far as I know, we don't have DFS in mac80211. In fact, the AP mode
    >> in mac80211 has just been enabled.
    > Right, more notes on this below.
    >>> I don't have experience with bounties but I do know I get random
    >>> requests to support one thing or another for money. I am going to be
    >>> redirecting these request more to bounties put up for upstream
    >>> development. I know people will work on things anyway but what I want
    >>> to try to do is get monetary support one way or another to those
    >>> working upstream.
    >> OK, let's consider it on the case-by-case basis.
    > Well I'm just going to direct people towards bounties myself for
    > upstream work. That's the advice I will be giving personally. But I do
    > think it would be good for the project to also reward upstream work
    > too, wasn't that the whole point behind the project?
    >>> I'd like to encourage the money left for the project for similar
    >>> purposes. Reward upstream development.
    >> Maybe we could have a bounty for DFS implementation in mac80211? Just
    >> to try how it would work. I also this that there should be a strong
    >> moral incentive for the winner. Not just a name in the log, but a web
    >> page about the winner on This way, we would attract people
    >> striving to improve their resumes, not just get extra money.
    > We will be working on DFS on mac80211, I will start first with STA
    > DFS. Also expect a lot of work from us on AP support.
    >>> I think MadWifi has become a big bureaucratic entity and this large
    >>> bureaucracy is simply not needed.
    >> I agree that we have a lot of documentation that is becoming irrelevant.
    >> I prefer to keep documentation to the minimum, as it stimulates
    >> developers to write software that just works, without lengthy
    >> instructions.
    >> But the bug tracking system has some important information that we still
    >> may need.
    >> I think the biggest impediment to MadWifi development was not
    >> bureaucracy. It was the non-free HAL.
    > Not really, even with an alternative people are still used to coding
    > with it and find it easier to commit into an svn repository than
    > submit patches upstream. Maybe our process is move involved but there
    > its also why Linux code has a certain quality in it. We tend to frown
    > upon crap. If MadWifi ever were to touch Linux it would be tainted
    > with CRAP.
    >> Many bugs are too hard or
    >> impossible to solve without having access to HAL. As the easy bugs get
    >> fixed, the ratio of HAL-related bugs grows further.
    >> We have HAL sources, but it's not the sources we could use in Madwifi
    >> without losing some functionality. Sure enough, the HAL sources could
    >> help with some issues. But it's still impossible to put debug
    >> statements into the HAL uses in MadWifi.
    >> I'm thinking of having "MadWifi free edition" with limited hardware
    >> support specifically to address the issue of "debuggability". Also,
    >> some users may free code plus MadWifi features.
    > I really think this is good for those interested and I respect it but
    > I am going to be very very honest here: this is a complete fucking
    > waste of time. People, MadWifi is dead, stop trying to keep it a live
    > by injecting its heart with adrenaline, it won't work, just pull the
    > plug already. If any feature is missing I think it would be more
    > productive to identify it and point it out and those interested in
    > upstream work will add it.
    >> Some users may want
    >> support for exotic CPUs not supported by any non-free HAL.
    > For that you can use the Linux kernel which will get you support on
    > the largest number of CPUs possible.
    >>> We wanted free drivers, we have them
    >>> now, we have opened up the HAL and have even opened up more drivers
    >>> and continue to do so. What I find useful from MadWifi from an
    >>> upstream perspective is the mailing lists and a central place for
    >>> people to get information/news regarding Atheros devices supported
    >>> upstream but I guess we can just keep this in the wireless wiki.
    >> I agree that it's better to start anew with the documentation for the
    >> free drivers.
    >>> Mailing lists are pretty useful though.
    >> Yes.
    >>> I agree there is some useful information present but a lot of it is
    >>> purely historical and I don't think much resources is needed to keep
    >>> that around. I suspect distributions will start preferring ath5k over
    >>> MadWifi around December if not already so I'm indifferent in closing
    >>> MadWifi. In my head MadWifi is dead already though and would recommend
    >>> we only promise users it will be in maintenance mode, meaning the
    >>> MadWifi driver will only get submitted bug fixes and security fixes.
    >> I agree with you. We should fix the code already in MadWifi branches.
    >> It means we should not be _closing_ the project now.
    > Just my advice: let MadWifi die already, stop wasting your time.
    Yeah but ath5k doesn't work on my zyxel ar5212 based wireless card only
    madwifi works!
    > Luis
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