Broadcom B43 Wireless Card / Driver Issues

John W. Linville linville at
Wed Jan 30 15:33:26 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 07:03:11AM -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Jan 2008, John W. Linville wrote:

> > The b43 driver has been upstream since 2.6.23, FWIW.
> i just know i'm going to regret asking this but what's the story with
> the "b44" driver?  is that a proposed improvement over b43?  i'm
> reading the output from Teh Google and i'm still not clear on how it
> fits into all this.

b44 is a driver for 100Mb ethernet devices.  It's only relation to b43
is that both pieces of hardware have internal SSB buses.  It has been
around a long time and it certainly is not a wireless device at all.

Hth! ;-)

John W. Linville
linville at

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