Broadcom fully embraces Linux in 802.11n chips

Broadcom announced it will soon release an open-source Linux driver for its latest 802.11n chipsets, giving Linux users a simpler way to set up WiFi.

"The driver, while still a work in progress, is released as full source and uses the native mac80211 stack. It supports multiple current chips (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) as well as providing a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, including mac80211-aware embedded chips," Broadcom Scientist Henry Ptasinkski posted in a gmane newsgroup today.

Since the driver isn't completed, end users will need to build them from the source code if they want them now. However, previously, many of the drivers working with Linux required users to extract Broadcom's proprietary firmware and replace it with custom firmware in order for certain wireless devices to work.

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