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KernelTrap: IPW3945, Debating the Binary Daemon

Mar 03, 2006, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The announcement of a new project to support Intel's PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection mini-PCI express adapter (IPW3945) was met with mixed reactions. The project includes a binary-only daemon to enforce regulatory limits for the radio transmitter on the wireless device, communicating to the kernel driver through a sysfs interface. In the announcement, James Ketrenos describes the licensing of the binary daemon, 'those familiar with our prior projects may be pleased with the changes we have made with the license agreement for binary portions of this new project. We were able to provide a more easily understood agreement for the binary components required for the adapter to function. While this new license still restricts against reverse engineering and modification, it has been changed to allow easier redistribution...'"

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