Re: Atheros Linux wireless drivers home page - and two new driver projects

From: Luis R. Rodriguez
Date: Thu Sep 03 2009 - 20:39:59 EST

2009/9/3 GÃbor Stefanik <netrolller.3d@xxxxxxxxx>:
> On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 12:54 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez<mcgrof@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I'm pleased to announce the new home page to Atheros Linux wireless drivers:
>> To get updates just subscribe to the wiki. There you will find
>> information regarding any old legacy Atheros driver and any proper
>> upstream driver.
>> I'd like to also take the time to announce two devices for which
>> support is currently being developed for: ar5523 and ar9271. Both
>> ar5523 and ar9271 device support is currently being worked on either
>> by the community or by Atheros itself. Both of these driver projects
>> will be using th Linux driver project [1] to gain traction. Patches
>> and development discussions regarding these two drivers prior to
>> getting upstream into drivers/net/wireless/ will take place on the
>> Linux driver project mailing list [2]. For direct one-on-one
>> communication for support and development we will rely on the
>> #linux-wireless IRC channel on Both devices are USB
>> but differ greatly, please visit the ar5523 page [2] and the ar9271
>> page [3] for further device specifics and more information.
>> The model of development for ar9271 device support is rather new -- we
>> are not targeting staging, instead we target using the strength of
>> community development at an extremely early stage, as early as is
>> possible, even before the device is functional. If we get a device
>> driver functional prior to meeting upstream requirements then so be it
>> -- and the driver does gets stuffed into drivers/staging. End goal is
>> to get it into proper drivers/net/wireless/ but obviously it will not
>> hurt to get users some device functionality prior to that.
>> The time of turnaround to getting users supported either through
>> drivers/staging or drivers/net/wireless/ will ultimately depend on the
>> resources dedicated to it. Right now I know only Stefan
>> Lippers-Hollmann is working on ar5523 support and I'm the only one
>> working on ar9271 support. With your help I am in hopes this will
>> change soon.
>> [1]
>> [2]
>> [3]
>> [4]
>> ÂLuis
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> About ar9271: is this device already in the market, or the chip itself
> is also still in development?

Some vendors are selling it, I however do not know the name or have
any URL for it.

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