Non-opensource drivers

Hubert Figuiere hub at
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 about supporting the new chipset.

Why do you think it is not in the main kernel tree?


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