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    SubjectRe: [Announce] Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    Awesome. Now all we need is someone to write the bcm series for wireless
    and ndiswrapper
    can go away.

    Jeff

    James Ketrenos wrote:

    >Intel is pleased to announce the launch of an open source project to
    >support the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection mini-PCI
    >express adapter (IPW3945).
    >
    >The project is hosted at http://ipw3945.sourceforge.net. A development
    >mailing list is available (linked from the top of the IPW3945 project
    >page.) You can find the current development release for the adapter by
    >following the links on the project home page.
    >
    >A stable [end user targetted] version is not yet available. Those
    >interested in using the development version should review
    >the notice linked to from the project page. A stable version should
    >be available in the next few weeks.
    >
    >Aside from a form factor change (our prior wireless cards were mini PCI
    >while this one is mini PCI express), this project has also changed the
    >division of work between what occurs on the adapter and what the host is
    >responsible for performing. The microcode and hardware provide lower
    >level MAC services (timings, backoffs, transmit queue management, etc.)
    >The host is responsible for middle and upper layer MAC services.
    >
    >As a result of this change, some of the capabilities currently required
    >to be provided on the host include enforcement of regulatory limits for
    >the radio transmitter (radio calibration, transmit power, valid
    >channels, 802.11h, etc.) In order to meet the requirements of all
    >geographies into which our adapters ship (over 100 countries) we have
    >placed the regulatory enforcement logic into a user space daemon that
    >we provide as a binary under the same license agreement as the
    >microcode. We provide that binary pre-compiled as both a 32-bit and
    >64-bit application. The daemon utilizes a sysfs interface exposed by
    >the driver in order to communicate with the hardware and configure the
    >required regulatory parameters.
    >
    >Those familiar with our prior projects may be pleased with the changes
    >we have made with the license agreement for binary portions of this new
    >project. We were able to provide a more easily understood agreement
    >for the binary components required for the adapter to function. While
    >this new license still restricts against reverse engineering and
    >modification, it has been changed to allow easier redistribution. You
    >can find the terms of the agreement accessible from the microcode
    >and daemon download page linked to from the project site.
    >
    >The current development snapshot contains backward compatibility code
    >to allow the driver to work in older kernels. We will be removing
    >that code prior to submitting the driver for inclusion in the kernel.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >James
    >
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