Broadcom to Open Source Wireless Drivers For Linux Users

Written By Sam on 11 September 2010

Broadcom has released the source code for the “initial release of a fully-open Linux drivers for its latest generation of 11n chipsets”. Henry Ptasinski, a principal scientist in the wireless connectivity group at Broadcom has informed that “the driver, while still a work in progress, is released as full source and uses the native mac80211 stack”. It reportedly supports multiple current chips (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) and also provides a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, including mac80211-aware embedded chips.

This means laptops with Broadcom chipsets will now be able to work properly with Linux without users having to rummage forums for information to get their wireless cards working. It is reported that the open source wireless driver is likely to be available in the next stable release of the Linux kernel 2.6.

As of now, what the company has made available is the source code from which to build the drivers yourself. If you are one of those interested in the open source Broadcom Drivers for Linux then find them at git:// in the drivers/staging/brcm80211 folder.

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