[RFC] Inclusion of RT2860 driver

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com
Thu Sep 11 14:07:36 UTC 2008

Stefan Bader wrote:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/210725
> The above bug asks for inclusion of the rt2860 driver into Ubuntu (Hardy LUM or
> at least Intrepid). The rt2xx project does not support this HW but as indicated
> in the bug report the latest driver provided by ralinktech is now working.
> I went through all the pieces mentioned in the report and looked at the changes
> on top of the current driver on the ralinktech web page.
> There are 4 patches, 2 cover compatibility issues and 1 just prevents some
> unwanted installation. The remaining patch adds a wpa supplicant special case
> with comments that this is for EEEPC (so I take it this will probably a major
> users base).
> The required firmware seems to be distributable to me (at least there is a
> license file which allows distribution).
> The most uncommon part probably is that the driver wants some configuration
> data (a file) in /etc/Wireless/...
> The question now is whether we want to provide that driver as a part of the
> kernel package (in the ubuntu tree) or as a separate dkms package. This is
> probably mainly a question of policies. Is it desired to have an additional
> firmware in the kernel package? Should the kernel package create files in /etc?
> A dkms package would make the driver simpler to update without the need to
> release a new kernel package. The downside might be that smaller systems
> (available file system space and CPU power) might not want the compile overhead
> (I am not sure how well the EEEPC would fare there).
> What are the thoughts on this?
> Regards,
> Stefan

If the driver passes your code audit, then I think its a candidate for
SRU inclusion in Hardy LUM. If it is not already upstream (I'm too lazy
to look), then you should also include it in the Intrepid kernel package.

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com

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