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Old 12-22-2008, 11:42 AM
"Michael Simpson"
 
Default new drivers for 5.3

Hi there

I note that the new kernels for 5.3 will have the bcm43xx work from
2.6.25 backported into them.

Does this mean that the driver name will change to b43 (as i thought
that bcm43xx was deprecated)?
If not then will we need to change the firmware by cutting from
4.150.10.5 and will bcm43xx-fwcutter work for this?

thanks

mike
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:47 PM
Karanbir Singh
 
Default new drivers for 5.3

Michael Simpson wrote:
> Does this mean that the driver name will change to b43 (as i thought
> that bcm43xx was deprecated)?
> If not then will we need to change the firmware by cutting from
> 4.150.10.5 and will bcm43xx-fwcutter work for this?

5.3 isnt out yet, and the only people who can answer that question are
upstream, so you can either ask them - or hang tight for another 2 odd
months

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Old 12-23-2008, 10:14 AM
"Michael Simpson"
 
Default new drivers for 5.3

On 12/22/08, Karanbir Singh <kbsingh@centos.org> wrote:
> Michael Simpson wrote:
> > Does this mean that the driver name will change to b43 (as i thought
> > that bcm43xx was deprecated)?
> > If not then will we need to change the firmware by cutting from
> > 4.150.10.5 and will bcm43xx-fwcutter work for this?
>
> 5.3 isnt out yet, and the only people who can answer that question are
> upstream, so you can either ask them - or hang tight for another 2 odd
> months
>
> --

ta, will do

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Old 12-23-2008, 11:13 AM
Dag Wieers
 
Default new drivers for 5.3

On Tue, 23 Dec 2008, Michael Simpson wrote:

> On 12/22/08, Karanbir Singh <kbsingh@centos.org> wrote:
>> Michael Simpson wrote:
>>> Does this mean that the driver name will change to b43 (as i thought
>>> that bcm43xx was deprecated)?
>>> If not then will we need to change the firmware by cutting from
>>> 4.150.10.5 and will bcm43xx-fwcutter work for this?
>>
>> 5.3 isnt out yet, and the only people who can answer that question are
>> upstream, so you can either ask them - or hang tight for another 2 odd
>> months
>
> ta, will do

Take a look at the upstream kernels, which are close to what is (or will
be) in RHEL 5.3:

http://people.redhat.com/dzickus/el5/

I am using 2.6.18-128.el5 and the kernel module is called bcm43xx.ko,
however there is no driver version information inside the module. Maybe
this is useful:

----
[root@moria root]# modinfo bcm43xx
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.18-128.el5/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx.ko
license: GPL
author: Michael Buesch
author: Stefano Brivio
author: Martin Langer
description: Broadcom BCM43xx wireless driver
srcversion: 419F33DA6A6B5DB8D3C9F1E
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004325sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004324sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004320sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004319sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004318sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004312sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004311sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004307sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004301sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends: ieee80211,ieee80211softmac
vermagic: 2.6.18-128.el5 SMP mod_unload gcc-4.1
parm: pio:enable(1) / disable(0) PIO mode (int)
parm: bad_frames_preempt:enable(1) / disable(0) Bad Frames Preemption (int)
parm: short_retry:Short-Retry-Limit (0 - 15) (int)
parm: long_retry:Long-Retry-Limit (0 - 15) (int)
parm: locale:int
parm: country:Select LocaleCode 0-11 (For travelers)
parm: noleds:Turn off all LED activity (int)
parm: fwpostfix:Postfix for .fw files. Useful for using multiple firmware image versions. (string)
module_sig: 883f35049492f585cdc734e64d24fa1127e940a0a84a8b66ca d23f785322156554a5d5df64f41b830a095d1cb6a69e1e39d3 8fe043242a6f9daefe27d
----

Kind regards,
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:14 PM
Karanbir Singh
 
Default new drivers for 5.3

Dag Wieers wrote:
> Take a look at the upstream kernels, which are close to what is (or will
> be) in RHEL 5.3:
> http://people.redhat.com/dzickus/el5/

The only caveat being that the test kernels on people.r.c are notorious
for carrying patches that are never released into the distro. But apart
from that those kernels might be a good place to start.

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