hubertf's NetBSD Blog
Send interesting links to hubert at feyrer dot de!
 
[20060302] Atheros ath* wlan now available for NetBSD/sparc64
The Atheros ath(4) driver is an interesting piece of software, consisting of a .c glue file that calls into a binary blob object file. While the interface to the blob is known, the internal details of it are not, and the blob does all the talking to the actual hardware. To port the ath(4) driver to a new platform, a compiled version of that binary blog is necessary, obviously. Also, some adjusting is needed to adjust the C interface file to existing blobs to maintain compatibility with the operating systems' interface.

Now, Martin Husemann has fixed up the glue layer to work on NetBSD/sparc64, see his mail for more details.

(Some people may wonder now why all that fuzz is needed: Atheros doesn't make the sources of the binary blob available for a number of reasons; while an open source driver would definitely be nice to have, living in a world of patents and FCC regulations requires being flexible)

[Tags: , ]


Disclaimer: All opinion expressed here is purely my own. No responsibility is taken for anything.

Access count: 27331503
Copyright (c) Hubert Feyrer