Re: Bug#391686: ITP: ipw3945-daemon -- Binary userspace regulatory daemon for Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG cards
On 10/08/06 02:30:14PM -0700, Jurij Smakov wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 08, 2006 at 07:57:27PM +0200, Moritz Muehlenhoff wrote:
> > Jurij Smakov wrote:
> > > * Package name : ipw3945-daemon
> > > Version : 1.7.22
> > > Upstream Author : Intel Corporation
> > > * URL : http://http://bughost.org/ipw3945/
> > > * License : Redistribution only (non-free)
> > > Programming Lang: available only in binary form
> > > Description : Binary userspace regulatory daemon for Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG cards
> > Hasn't it been reverse-engineered yet, so that we can provide
> > a free solution?
> Not that I know of. And even if there is a free daemon replacement,
> the driver will still require the non-free binary firmware to operate.
Most people are willing to deal with firmware since they don't run on the
host CPU but only on the card that they're controlling. Intel's daemon
isn't as bad as the Atheros HAL or nVidia's blob, but it's still non-free
and non-necessary. OpenBSD developers wrote a new driver that doesn't require
the regulatory daemon in ~2 months after the initial Intel release. Given that
and the fact that there's already the Intel GPL'd driver available wouldn't
it make sense for someone to 'fix' the GPL'd driver to not require the daemon?