Tim Gardner tim.gardner at
Fri Oct 5 16:40:07 UTC 2007

Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 05, 2007 at 07:54:45AM -0600, Tim Gardner wrote:
>> Matt Zimmerman wrote:
>>> I read with interest this announcement reprinted in LWN:
>>> "We, the MadWifi team, announce our decision to move away from the
>>> binary-only HAL and change the focus of our future development towards
>>> ath5k [1], a completely free (as in freedom) driver which will eventually
>>> become an integral part of the Linux kernel. We encourage all interested
>>> developers to join us and contribute to our efforts."
>>> How does this impact us?  Clearly we, too, would prefer to move to a free
>>> driver.  Is this something we can do in the foreseeable future?
>> I've been talking to Luis Rodriguez fairly often about ath5k. As soon as
>> it supports WPA I think we ought to pull it in, perhaps in the
>> linux-backports-module to begin with. Its going to be awhile before it
>> reaches feature parity with the closed source HAL.
> Is this something you foresee in the 8.04 timeframe, or later?

Its likely it will be usable in time for 8.04. I think Luis has been
given the charter from his employer (Rutgers) to make it happen.

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at

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