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Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 4, 2010 22:45 UTC (Tue) by bojan (subscriber, #14302)
Parent article: Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Nice to see Broadcom folks chipping in. Now, if we could have this:

http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

And this:

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

Come together, through the knowledge that Broadcom folks have, that would be awesome.


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Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 5, 2010 12:40 UTC (Wed) by miguelzinho (guest, #40535) [Link]

I'm done with Broadcom. I've got a new laptop that came with BCM4321. I knew it could be problematic, but there was no option to change it.

The laptop came and, guess what? The WiFi card didn't work.

The error was something like this:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1266620&high...

My solution? I've got a Atheros half mini pci-express card and replaced the Broadcom one. It Just Worked (R) with every single WiFi network I've tried perfectly.

Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 5, 2010 17:35 UTC (Wed) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877) [Link]

"I knew it could be problematic, but there was no option to change it."

This didn't come with Linux drivers? How did the Linux pre-install work? What distro?

Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 5, 2010 14:42 UTC (Wed) by waucka (subscriber, #63097) [Link]

I really wonder why Broadcom is so secretive. What do they feel the need to hide? Have they done something illegal in producing their hardware, or are they just gripped by the intellectual "property" paranoia that is sadly common in the modern business world? Why is Broadcom the last anti-Linux holdout among the wireless chipset vendors?

Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 5, 2010 14:44 UTC (Wed) by waucka (subscriber, #63097) [Link]

I should also mention that this is particularly suspicious given that their Linux driver for the Crystal HD video decoding chipset is GPL.

Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 5, 2010 16:07 UTC (Wed) by iabervon (subscriber, #722) [Link]

My impression is that Broadcom is entirely driven by their customers. If someone is purchasing a million units of a chipset, but only if there's a Linux driver, Broadcom will write a Linux driver. If the customer demands a Windows driver, Broadcom will write one of those. Customers at that layer never demand programming specs, because they don't write software, and if they're going to get software written, they might as well get Broadcom to do it instead of a third-party. Broadcom isn't really secretive, they just don't do anything they're not getting paid for, and they get paid for very specific things. I think the change is that their customers are asking for chipsets to be supported by the mainline Linux kernel, so they're doing this work.

Kernel development statistics for 2.6.34 and beyond

Posted May 5, 2010 17:38 UTC (Wed) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877) [Link]

So the lesson here is to buy hardware from vendors offering Linux pre-installed?


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