Broadcom wifi drivers in F-14?

John W. Linville linville at
Thu Sep 16 13:39:37 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 10:13:25AM -0400, John W. Linville wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:31:44PM +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> > On Tue, 2010-09-14 at 00:40 -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:
> > > IIRC they require a firmware blob that has a license that we cannot distribute
> > > unlike say the Intel firmwares. I could be wrong though. 
> > 
> > That's still true of the b43 firmware for older (pre-802.11n) devices,
> > but the firmware to go with their new driver is now in
> > linux-firmware.git.
> > 
> > Their *original* offering of that new firmware had a stupid licence --
> > you could only distribute it if you promised to indemnify and defend
> > Broadcom from all related third-party lawsuits. They fixed that though,
> > and I merged it.
> Nevertheless, everyone I know that has reviewed the newly released
> driver code is being treated for eye cancer.  I wouldn't expect to
> see it in F-14.

My glib statement above seems to have caused a little heartburn
for our friends at Broadcom.  To be fair, I do not believe that
the Broadcom-provided driver is substantially any worse than any of
the many other vendor-provided drivers we have seen over the years.
In fact, it seems to have drawn a lot of immediate interest and has
already seen a number of community-provided patches posted.

That said, it is still extremely late for F-14 consideration.
Those interested in seeing this driver in some later F-14 kernel
update or in F-15 or beyond are strongly encouraged to take-up
this driver's cause in getting it migrated from drivers/staging to
drivers/net/wireless in the upstream kernel.


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