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SubjectRe: [Announce] Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 802.11b driver
Timothy Miller wrote:
>
>
> Jeff Garzik wrote:
>
>> vda wrote:
>>
>>> *FLAME ALERT*
>>> /me is slowly getting mad about his prism54 11g hardware
>>> and its firmware, with neither firmware authors nor documentation
>>> for this pile of silicon crap nowhere in sight
>>>
>>> What's so cool about having binary firmware? Bugs are bugs,
>>> and you won't be able to even see bugs, less fix, in it.
>>> I don't like being at the mercy of firmware authors.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Well that's typical in wireless, unfortunately. Certain parts of
>> wireless are political tennis balls with the US govt. and FCC.
>> Sometimes "put it in firmware" is the only way get ever get open
>> source drivers at all :/
>>
>> I'll pick firmware over no-driver any day.
>>
>
>
> Hmmm... As you may know, I'm a chip designer...
>
> Are there not open specs on the wireless protocols? Could we not design
> our own open-source wireless network hardware? What would the US
> government have to say about an open-source implementation? Are there
> patents which would impede us?

These are honest questions, but with all due respect, I would rather not
dive further into the mess :)

Jeff



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