andy at openmoko.com
Thu Dec 4 14:14:22 CET 2008
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Somebody in the thread at some point said:
| On Thu, 2008-12-04 at 13:54 +0100, arne anka wrote:
|>> improved in andy-tracking. If it's due to firmware trouble, probably
|>> this will never be fixed due to Atheros closed firmware policies.
|> wasn't there recently a release of an completely open atheros driver?
|> or did that not apply to the chip used in the fr?
| There are working drivers for ath5k and ath9k, but the Neo has an
| ath6k ...
Yes the main difference is that the AR6001 in GTA02 is what's called a
"fullmac" device, it means that it has an 80211 stack in the firmware of
the device that can run autonomously. That's in contrast to the other
devices which use a "softmac" 80211 stack in Linux.
The advantage is that it can run autonomously somewhat even with Linux
down, the disadvantage is we are entirely at the mercy of the
not-really-updateable closed firmware for a very wide range of operations.
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