State of the Union: Wireless

Posted by VISITOR on Jan 6, 2006 10:05 AM EDT; By Jeff Garzik
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Another banner year has passed, with Linux once again proving its superiority in the area of crappy wireless (WiFi) support. Linux oldsters love the current state of wireless, because it hearkens back to the heady days of Yuri Gagarin, Sputnik and Linux kernel 0.99, when getting hardware to work under Linux required either engineering knowledge or luck (or both).

Linux has made remarkable progress in the area of hardware support, in the past five years, reaching a state where it is unusual for mainstream hardware to -not- be supported by Linux as soon as it is released. Now, twelve months later, fashion has changed, ieee80211 lost a lot of momentum, and it seems that the DeviceScape wireless stack is all the rage, and there are convincing arguments for merging the DeviceScape code floating about.

But you -- I'm talking to all you wireless kernel hackers -- need to come up with some solutions for some key issues... [...]

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