Re: Bug#391686: ITP: ipw3945-daemon -- Binary userspace regulatory daemon for Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG cards
On Sun, Oct 08, 2006 at 06:48:17PM -0400, Jim Crilly wrote:
> 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?
If somebody would volunteer to do that, it would be great. Personally,
I don't have neither time nor skill for it. Also, according to Matthew
Garrett, the daemon-less driver in OpenBSD lacks some of the
capabilities, which Linux driver currently provides (not sure about
the details, perhaps Matthew will care to comment here).
Jurij Smakov firstname.lastname@example.org
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