This is good news.
What I am wondering about, is if this is happening because Atheros is losing business to Intel
on a scale that makes it worthwhile to hire a developer.
One developer may cost somewhere around $200 000. You do not have to loose a lot of sales
before that becomes the cheapest option.
With big OEMs like Dell and IBM focusing a lot more on Linux support on desktop machines than
they used to combined with Intel providing a very good alternative we might be seeing a
turning point when it comes to support for wireless cards.