Really free Atheros driver for Linux
Posted Nov 16, 2006 15:51 UTC (Thu) by pizza
In reply to: Really free Atheros driver for Linux
Parent article: SFLC: OpenBSD Atheros driver is clean
> Whatever. I am now willing to beleive that the excuse for FCC compliance is around 70% bullshit.
I've been saying this all along, and it's only been reinforced with my dealings with wireless chipset companies . They're far more worried about their "Intellectual Property" being exposed (or rather, worried that someone else will claim they mis-appropriated IP, and get sued..)
The MadWiFi HAL does far, far more than restrict RF-level operation; if that's all it did it would be downright tiny. And as others have said, you can always lie about the country information and generally wreak havoc with your 15mW transmitter.
 My day job is writing 802.11 drivers.
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