[UCI-Linux] Broadcom open source wireless drivers

Isaac Straley straley at uci.edu
Fri Sep 10 14:47:44 PDT 2010

 If you haven't seen this, FYI..

    Broadcom announced today the initial release of its new open source
    wireless drivers for Linux. The drivers, which are built using the
    kernel's own native SoftMAC framework, are currently in the kernel
    staging tree and are expected to eventually be merged upstream.

    Broadcom networking hardware has typically been problematic on Linux
    because the community-developed open source drivers had to use a
    proprietary firmware blob from Broadcom that wasn't available under
    terms that facilitated redistribution. This has historically
    precluded out-of-the-box support for popular Broadcom chips that are
    used in many laptops and netbooks. Broadcom is finally addressing
    the issue and is working with the upstream kernel community




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