Tim Gardner tim.gardner at
Fri Oct 5 14:54:45 BST 2007

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.

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at

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