[MLB-WIRELESS] Hey *waves*

Mike MacCana mikem at cyber.com.au
Thu Nov 6 14:43:19 EST 2003

On Thu, 2003-11-06 at 15:30, Jamie Moir wrote:
> On 6 Nov 2003, Mike MacCana wrote:
> > For those of you who don't know about the driverloader, its a pretty
> > nifty piece of software, as it allows most Windows NDIS drivers to work
> > under Linux - so Centrino and Broadcom cards now work fine.
> Im not sure if it is just me, and I havent tried either the broadcom based
> cards, or driverloader specifically, but isnt this a monsterous con?

Yes a native driver would be preferable, but no, I don't think anyone's
being conned. 

> Half the point of the various nixes people use around here, is that they
> have reliable and open source hardware support. Now it would seem that,
> even worse than getting some cruddy binary-only driver support, horror of
> horrors, we have to use the *actual doze drivers themselves*.

I don't know whether the drivers are reliable as I haven't had enough of
a chance to use them. But its a pretty small piece of code running in a
pretty small wrapper. NDIS is a fairly well known API, and I don't
imagine them being too unreliable.

> Could it get any worse? 

Yes. I could not have wireless access at all. Or have to fork over for
another card and lose a PCCard slot. 

> It would seem that with G, some manufactuer's
> commitment is in fact getting worse, not better.

Indeed. Broadcom, the company, sucks, its a pity they're so popular. I
would have expected a lot more from Intel too. But in the meantime, I'll
use what I've got. 

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