Saturday, July 26, 2008

Not sure what to buy for Wireless? Buy Atheros

It's well known that I don't think Intel is really interested in supporting Open-Licensed software beyond simply using people like Keith Packard as strawmen to draw attention away from their anti-consumer / consumer-hostile technologies (TPM, HDMI with HDCP), and two faced software support (BIOS, EFI).

One of Intel's slights of hand to draw attention away from how Open-Licensed hostile they really are has been the release and support of an open-licensed wireless driver. The sad thing is, when you go looking for wireless cards that are compatible with Open-Licensed software, the biggest name in the business was Intel.

Atheros has now stepped up to the plate and delivered a home run on Open-Licensed support for their wireless drivers, and not just any any wireless drivers. The code for their latest 802.11n cards is already online :

According to Mad Wifi, Atheros has hired Luis Rodriguez and Jouni Malinen, who are going to continue to work on the driver. That means this release isn't a simple code dump to look good on paper. Nor is the release semi-opened up, it's under the ISC License, which is what the radically open-licensed OpenBSD developers are using.

So, the result is simple. If you go shopping for a new wireless card, laptop, or router, it's probably a good idea to see if it uses the Atheros chipsets. Then you'll know that any Linux or BSD should have no problems supporting the device.


sim said...

Yes, this is very good news indeed, but be careful: so far the new Atheros driver only supports a small selection of chip-sets.
Read up before you buy.

Jeny said...

Merci pour le partage d'informations .............