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Re: [gNewSense-users] pre-compiled linux-libre 2.6.27-rc5 packages for a

From: Alex Speed Kjeldsen
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] pre-compiled linux-libre 2.6.27-rc5 packages for atheros wireless support
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2008 06:44:14 +0200

Thank you so much for your effort!

I have just installed your packages on my Macbook Pro running gNewSense and it 
seems to work fine with my DWA-643 PCI Express Card (the internal card doesn't 
support free drivers), although I haven't tested WPA capabilities yet. 
This is truly appreciated, probably not least by my girlfriend who wasn't too 
happy about the ethernet cable in the living room.

I am sure this makes gNewSense even more appealing to new users!

Kind regards and many thanks
Alex (aka filologen)

On Sat, 2008-09-06 at 22:40 +0300, Ali Gunduz wrote:
> Hello all,
> I think that there is a significant need for wireless support in
> gNewSense. Although there are free atheros drivers that support a
> number of devices, these are not supported under gNewSense by default.
> If you consider that there are quiet a lot of laptops requiring
> non-free drivers for both the ethernet and wireless connection (such
> as my Dell Inspiron 1420n, which was promoted as a "Linux" computer),
> you will understand the direness for ready-to-use (read: pre-compiled)
> support of these free drivers, especially by newcomers. With this
> thought, I compiled the Linux-libre 2.6.27-rc5 into deb packages.
> You can find the package and information at
> I'm hosting them on my limited
> space for now. (Oh, gNewSense gods, hear thou servant!)
> I tested this on Asus Eee PC 701 and 900 (ath5k) and with D-Link
> DWA-643 Wireless Expresscard Notebook Adapter (ath9k). The ath9k does
> not seem very mature for now, since it was released a very short time
> ago, but ath5k works with excellent performance on both Eee PC's.
> As you will notice, the kernel image is fairly big. This is due to all
> the general use modules included inside. Still, this is a preliminary
> and yet crude package. I appreciate if anyone optimizes the provided
> config file or has further suggestions.
> I thank to Luis A. Guzmán García, Jean Schurger and Alexandre Oliva
> for their help.
> Happy Hacking
> Ali Gunduz
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