Non-opensource drivers

Hubert Figuiere hub at
Sat Nov 25 18:35:12 GMT 2006

Toby Smithe wrote:
> Hmm... I dunno. But the wireless blob is purely firmware in most cases,
> not just the driver. This is the same question as asking why don't you
> run a free BIOS if you don't want proprietary drivers.

madwifi and the ipw3945 fall in the category of binary drivers.

The first has a HAL that is closed source and runs in the kernel address

The second one has a binary only user-space daemon that Intel lawyers
found appropriate to comply with regulations.


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