View Full Version : Atheros HAL open source!

November 30th, 2008, 05:29 AM
I have to say, I didn't see this coming....but even so this is great!



November 30th, 2008, 05:31 AM
F*ck yeah!
I hope this should put an end to the issues my MacBook has been having with Intrepid.

Grant A.
November 30th, 2008, 05:38 AM
Wow, looks like even more corporations are learning from other successful open source corporations. :)

Why do all companies seem to have a problem with free labor?

Now time to wait for NVidia to release their drivers as FOSS. :popcorn:

November 30th, 2008, 05:41 AM
so what does this mean? all wireless cards that use atheros chipsets will now be open source instead of a restricted driver>

November 30th, 2008, 06:12 AM
/me glares at nVidia.

November 30th, 2008, 06:19 AM
/me glares at nVidia.

They license IP that isn't theirs, and as such cannot control what happens to their source.
Chances are making it OSS isn't worth the money they'd have to spend negotiating ways to get the IP holders to let the source go.

November 30th, 2008, 06:22 AM
Does this mean that my Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi will actually work without the need to search on the internet for ways to get it working, or is this something else?

November 30th, 2008, 06:27 AM
What happens to ath5k and ath9k then?

November 30th, 2008, 07:30 AM
What happens to ath5k and ath9k then?

By the looks of things this is a HAL think, so while the wifi cards might work too I'm not really sure if it's going to affect them...