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    Default Atheros Publishes Open-Source WiFi Firmware

    Phoronix: Atheros Publishes Open-Source WiFi Firmware

    Atheros has been more friendly towards Linux customers in recent years with open-source WiFi/network Linux drivers. Atheros has even been kind towards BSD users. The latest Atheros open-source contribution is the opening up of their firmware for two wireless chipsets...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMyNTY

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    The new Atheros code is under a combination of the GPLv2 and MIT.
    There are more licenses involved, see https://github.com/qca/open-ath9k-ht...ter/NOTICE.TXT - Example:
    Code:
    /*
     * Copyright (c) 2002-2005 Sam Leffler, Errno Consulting
     * Copyright (c) 2002-2005 Atheros Communications, Inc.
     * Copyright (c) 2008-2010, Atheros Communications Inc.
     *
     * Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted
     * provided that the following conditions are met:
     * 1. The materials contained herein are unmodified and are used
     *    unmodified.
    ...

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    OPen source drivers, even (especially) for commercial companies this is how it should be. Bring out drivers and open source them. This way they can let the community help themselves when they stop support for their older products.

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    @ Michael: I think you should make clear that this is about USB devices, not the normal PCI(e) wireless products from Atheros. Also these USB devices use the ath9k_htc driver instead of ath9k.

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    Awesome. I got one of the PCIe AR9285 cards recently, and it's been working like a charm out of the box. Glad to see that under Qualcomm they are continuing their good work at open-source.

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    Also, these are chips, not chipsets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mYse|f View Post
    Also, these are chips, not chipsets!
    no it really is a chipset

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertP View Post
    @ Michael: I think you should make clear that this is about USB devices, not the normal PCI(e) wireless products from Atheros. Also these USB devices use the ath9k_htc driver instead of ath9k.
    PCI-E devices are essentially lack that dedicated processor. So they don't need any firmware. You see, one of things this CPU does is bridging USB to PCI-E and then usual PCI-E chip does it's job... and now over USB, too . That's how you can create USB chip from PCI-E chip without huge rework of whole design...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0xBADCODE View Post
    PCI-E devices are essentially lack that dedicated processor. So they don't need any firmware.

    Rubbish.

    Intel's and Ralink's mini PCIe wifi cards still use firmware/ And the firmware is dead closed.

    Only their driver is open.

    So don't spout nonsense about how PCIe devices don't need firmware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAXI View Post
    There are more licenses involved, see https://github.com/qca/open-ath9k-ht...ter/NOTICE.TXT - Example:
    Code:
    /*
     * Copyright (c) 2002-2005 Sam Leffler, Errno Consulting
     * Copyright (c) 2002-2005 Atheros Communications, Inc.
     * Copyright (c) 2008-2010, Atheros Communications Inc.
     *
     * Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted
     * provided that the following conditions are met:
     * 1. The materials contained herein are unmodified and are used
     *    unmodified.
    ...
    This is not open source at all.

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