[haiku-commits] Re: r34435 - haiku/trunk/src/add-ons/kernel/drivers/network/wlan/broadcom43xx

  • From: Fredrik Modèen <fredrik@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-commits@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 14:29:03 +0100 (CET)

> Fredrik Modèen schrieb:
>> [...]
>> When it comes to all these firmware to different wlan cards, would it be
>> possible to have them included and ready in Haiku?
> Mmh, I guess you are referring to license issues. Currently I looked
> into Intel firmware licenses only, which are demanding that a user reads
> the license BEFORE using the corrresponding driver.
> I still need to look into the broadcom firmware license, and possibly
> other licenses, too.
> For now I'm focusing on getting all the wlan driver compiling and
> linking (and so in theory working). To make testing on real hardware
> easier by providing a convinient way for installing the firmware is
> posponed till I finished this stage.
> But if someone is willing on reading thoses licenses and come up with a
> valid installation solution I'm all for it.
I will have a look and see what I can find.

Aperently the firmware you pointed to are for legasy b43

Compiling wlan driver are a better focus right no :)

I haven't read all of it but here it is.

"The Broadcom wireless chip needs software, called "firmware", that runs
on the wireless chip itself during operation. This firmware is copyrighted
by Broadcom and it must be extracted from Broadcom's proprietary drivers.
To get such firmware on your system, you must download the driver from a
legal distribution point, as noted below. Then you must extract the
firmware from that Broadcom driver by using b43-fwcutter (or
bcm43xx-fwcutter) and install it in the special directory for firmware -
usually /lib/firmware. Please note that the firmware from the binary
drivers is Copyrighted by Broadcom Corporation and must not be

So I guess no it's can't :(

I guess a easy GUI for all these wlan firmware would be needed for making
it easy for plane users.

> -Colin
Fredrik Modèen

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