Posted Jan 10, 2009 0:31 UTC (Sat) by pr1268
Parent article: Open source firmware for Broadcom wireless adapters
I dunno... I have mixed feelings about all the successes that Francesco's team has had (and the open-source community in general) with respect to Broadcom adapter support. As more stable and versatile b43 drivers and firmware are released, the more Broadcom will likely be less willing to lend any support to Linux.
Why should Broadcom bother giving the Linux community driver code, specs, or other documentation, if the community will just go figure it out on its own?
I don't mean to dismiss or impugn the hard work the firmware (and driver) development team has had with Linux support; in fact, I'm happy to hear this news. My reservations are due to how Broadcom will react to this.
I remember reading on Broadcom's web site a few years ago where they summarily dismissed any notion of providing Linux drivers and even encouraged Linux users to run NDISWrapper and the Windows driver!
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