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Re: Bits from the Debian Eee PC team, autumn 2008

On Tue, 14 Oct 2008 02:00:29 +0200
Matteo Croce <technoboy85@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Monday 13 October 2008 19:35:16 Ben Armstrong wrote:
> > Ath5k wifi works on Eee PC in Linux 2.6.27
> >
> >    Jean-Christophe reports that [2]ath5k works in Linux 2.6.27 on
> >    the Eee PC 701, and just needs a [3]small patch to work with our
> >    eeepc-acpi-scripts package. This is good news for those of us with
> >    models 701, 900, 900A and 1000HD who have been wanting to get off of
> >    the non-free Madwifi drivers and onto DFSG free drivers.
> >
> ath5k? aren't 901 and 1000HD 802.11n devices, so they are supported
> by the newer ath9k driver?

I think you're thinking of 1000H which is an N device.  1000HD is a
different model altogether b/g like the 701 and 900.  I know it's
confusing with Asus coming out with all of these new models.  Please
consult the table we drew up in our wiki summarizing the differences
between models we support or plan to support:


Besides, no Eee model that I know of uses an Atheros N chipset, so ath9k
will not work for them.  Models 901, 1000 and 1000H use Ralink rt2860,
as indicated in the table.  While the driver is GPL'd, unfortunately it
embeds a non-free firmware.  There is no 100% open source solution for
these devices yet.  I believe there is work in progress in
compat-wireless, but nothing that works yet.


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