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SubjectRe: Re-distributable 88w8335 Firmware?
On Sat, 2010-11-20 at 11:29 +1100, Julian Calaby wrote:
> Hi all,
> Once again, someone is trying to build a working driver for the Marvel
> 88w8335 chipset, and is once again hampered by a lack of
> re-distributable or official firmware. (See:
> )
> As such, on Denis's behalf, I'm asking if anyone knows of anyone at
> Marvel that they can poke in an attempt to get a re-distributable
> firmware for this chipset released for eventual inclusion into
> linux-firmware.
> I believe that this chipset is pretty much obsolete (being only an
> 802.11g part) so I cannot see any reasonable reason not to release the
> firmware, especially given that newer chipsets ("TopDog" - see the
> mwl8k driver) have had re-distributable firmware released along with
> open source Linux drivers for some time now.
> If we cannot obtain proper firmware files, the very least Marvel could
> do would be to bless the *BSD Malo driver's firmware files (obtainable
> here: - see
> for more info) with a
> proper re-distributable license.
> In terms of the actual chipsets in question, I'm referring to the
> 88w8335, 88w8338, and 88w8385 chipsets. I believe Marvel refers to

Note that the 8385 shouldn't be included in this list, since it's a
FullMAC chip, is handled already by the 'libertas' kernel driver, and
we've already got firmware for its CF & SDIO variants in linux-firmware
along with the 8388, 8682, 8686, and 8688.


> them as being part of the "Libertas" family of chipsets - however they
> don't have the fancy mesh stuff that the chips the libertas driver
> talks to have - and are also PCI.
> A previous effort in 2008 is viewable here:
> and searching for "mrv8k" reveals the
> remnants of that effort which mostly happened before my involvement in
> this.
> A proper "official" set of firmware files would smooth one of the
> bumps in getting proper support for this driver into the Linux Kernel.
> (as well as helping the BSD folks with the Malo driver) Marvel has
> shown that they are willing to provide some support for the open
> source community with the TopDog driver, as well as the driver for the
> SAS chipset. Hopefully they can continue their support with what would
> be a small gesture in support of our efforts to write a driver for
> this old chipset.
> Thanks,

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