[PATCH] wireless: mark prism54 as deprecated and mark for removal

From: Luis R. Rodriguez
Date: Tue Sep 01 2009 - 11:32:06 EST

The preferred modules is p54 which also supports FullMAC
PCI / Cardbus devices. We schedule removal for 2.6.34. Reason
to remove this is no one really is testing prism54 anymore,
and while it works p54 provides support for the same hardware.
It should be noted I have been told some FullMAC devices may not
have worked with the SoftMAC driver but to date we have yet to
recieve a single bug report regarding this. If there are users
out there please let us know!

Cc: aquilaver@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Dan Williams <dcbw@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Kai Engert <kengert@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jean Tourrilhes <jt@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Tim de Waal<tim.dewaal@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Roy Marples <uberlord@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Christian Lamparter <chunkeey@xxxxxx>
Cc: BjÃrn Steinbrink <B.Steinbrink@xxxxxx>
Cc: Tim Gardner <tim.gardner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Johannes Berg <johannes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Luis R. Rodriguez <lrodriguez@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt | 29 ++++++++++++++
drivers/net/wireless/Kconfig | 57 ++++++++--------------------
2 files changed, 45 insertions(+), 41 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt b/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
index 09e031c..147688a 100644
--- a/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
+++ b/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
@@ -6,6 +6,35 @@ be removed from this file.


+What: PRISM54
+When: 2.6.34
+Why: prism54 FullMAC PCI / Cardbus devices used to be supported only by the
+ prism54 wireless driver. After Intersil stopped selling these
+ devices in preference for the newer more flexible SoftMAC devices
+ a SoftMAC device driver was required and prism54 did not support
+ them. The p54 driver now exists and has been present in the kernel for
+ a while. This driver supports both SoftMAC devices and FullMAC devices.
+ The main difference between these devices was the amount of memory which
+ could be used for the firmware. The SoftMAC devices support a smaller
+ amount of memory. Because of this the SoftMAC firmware fits into FullMAC
+ devices's memory. p54 supports not only PCI / Cardbus but also USB
+ and SPI. Since p54 supports all devices prism54 supports
+ you will have a conflict. I'm not quite sure how distributions are
+ handling this conflict right now. prism54 was kept around due to
+ claims users may experience issues when using the SoftMAC driver.
+ Time has passed users have not reported issues. If you use prism54
+ and for whatever reason you cannot use p54 please let us know!
+ E-mail us at: linux-wireless@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
+ For more information see the p54 wiki page:
+ http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/p54
+Who: Luis R. Rodriguez <lrodriguez@xxxxxxxxxxx>
When: July 2009
diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/Kconfig b/drivers/net/wireless/Kconfig
index 1e45444..a1c8a7c 100644
--- a/drivers/net/wireless/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/Kconfig
@@ -275,51 +275,26 @@ config PCMCIA_WL3501
micro support for ethtool.

config PRISM54
- tristate 'Intersil Prism GT/Duette/Indigo PCI/Cardbus'
+ tristate 'Intersil Prism GT/Duette/Indigo PCI/Cardbus (DEPRECATED)'
depends on PCI && EXPERIMENTAL && WLAN_80211
select FW_LOADER
- Enable PCI and Cardbus support for the following chipset based cards:
- ISL3880 - Prism GT 802.11 b/g
- ISL3877 - Prism Indigo 802.11 a
- ISL3890 - Prism Duette 802.11 a/b/g
- For a complete list of supported cards visit <http://prism54.org>.
- Here is the latest confirmed list of supported cards:
- 3com OfficeConnect 11g Cardbus Card aka 3CRWE154G72 (version 1)
- Allnet ALL0271 PCI Card
- Compex WL54G Cardbus Card
- Corega CG-WLCB54GT Cardbus Card
- D-Link Air Plus Xtreme G A1 Cardbus Card aka DWL-g650
- I-O Data WN-G54/CB Cardbus Card
- Kobishi XG-300 aka Z-Com Cardbus Card
- Netgear WG511 Cardbus Card
- Ovislink WL-5400PCI PCI Card
- Peabird WLG-PCI PCI Card
- Sitecom WL-100i Cardbus Card
- Sitecom WL-110i PCI Card
- SMC2802W - EZ Connect g 2.4GHz 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Card
- SMC2835W - EZ Connect g 2.4GHz 54 Mbps Wireless Cardbus Card
- SMC2835W-V2 - EZ Connect g 2.4GHz 54 Mbps Wireless Cardbus Card
- Z-Com XG-900 PCI Card
- Zyxel G-100 Cardbus Card
- If you enable this you will need a firmware file as well.
- You will need to copy this to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/isl3890.
- You can get this non-GPL'd firmware file from the Prism54 project page:
- <http://prism54.org>
- You will also need the /etc/hotplug/firmware.agent script from
- a current hotplug package.
- Note: You need a motherboard with DMA support to use any of these cards
- If you want to compile the driver as a module ( = code which can be
- inserted in and removed from the running kernel whenever you want),
- say M here and read <file:Documentation/kbuild/modules.txt>.
- The module will be called prism54.
+ This enables support for FullMAC PCI/Cardbus prism54 devices. This
+ driver is now deprecated in favor for the SoftMAC driver, p54. p54
+ supports FullMAC PCI/Cardbus devices as well. For details on the
+ removal of this driver on the kernel see the feature removal
+ schedule:
+ Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
+ For more information refer to the prism54 wiki:
+ http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/p54
+ Note: You need a motherboard with DMA support to use any of these cards
+ When built as module you get the module prism54

config USB_ZD1201
tristate "USB ZD1201 based Wireless device support"

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