#429 HIGH Future : wireless firmware not in-house.

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Tue Nov 13 11:16:45 EST 2007

#429: wireless firmware not in-house.
  Reporter:  dwmw2     |       Owner:  walter        
      Type:  defect    |      Status:  new           
  Priority:  high      |   Milestone:  Future Release
 Component:  wireless  |     Version:                
Resolution:            |    Keywords:                
  Verified:  0         |  

Comment(by dwmw2):

 This is going to hurt us.



 We should explore the possibility of opening at least the high-level parts
 of the firmware -- the 802.11 protocol bits, and the module<->host
 communication -- at least to OLPC under an NDA, if not completely. The
 low-level parts which deal with the transceiver hardware itself could
 remain in binary form for now, if they really must.

 As long as we can poke at and rebuild the high-level parts, it shouldn't
 be _quite_ so much of a problem for us if we have only binary object files
 for the low-level code, and we just link those binary blobs into our own
 firmware builds.

Ticket URL: <http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/429#comment:15>
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