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SubjectRe: ANNOUNCE: SFLC helps developers assess ar5k (enabling free Atheros HAL)
On Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 07:42:14PM +0100, Michael Buesch wrote:

> Now that it seems to be ok to use these openbsd sources, should I port
> them to my driver framework?
> I looked over the ar5k code and, well, I don't like it. ;)
> I don't really like having a HAL. I'd rather prefer a "real" driver
> without that HAL obfuscation.

I don't think anyone likes the HAL-based architecture. I don't think
we will accept a HAL-based driver into the upstream kernel.

The point is that the ar5k is now safe to be used as a reference and
source of information (and code, as appropriate) without copyright FUD.
Distilling that information into a proper Linux driver is work that
remains to be done.

John W. Linville
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