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Mon Nov 27 03:13:47 GMT 2006
Colin Watson wrote:
> madwifi: (dual-licensed) GPLed driver, but requires the HAL blobs
> which have a no-modification licence. These are firmware, though
> shipped as objects which end up as kernel modules.
ath_hal is NOT a firmware. It is code that run in the kernel. It
*taints* the kernel, it is at risk of posing stability and security
problems inside the kernel. That make the whole madwifi driver non-free.
It also make the driver unmaintainable by regular developers when new
hardware is release. Want to know about it? Read
http://madwifi.org/ticket/1001 about supporting the new chipset.
Why do you think it is not in the main kernel tree?
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