Linux Hackers Tackle Wi-Fi HasslesBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 02-08-2007
The Summit was scheduled as a followup to the January IEEE 802 standards committee meeting, which, among other issues, moved a step closer to making 802.11n a real IEEE standard. As a result of this timing, participants at the Linux Wi-Fi meeting included kernel developers and vendor representatives from Intel, Broadcom, Devicescape, MontaVista and Nokia.
Once there, according to Stephen Hemminger, Linux Wireless Summit co-coordinator and a Linux software developer at the Linux Foundation, the attendees had a very productive meeting.
Still, it's been slow going in some critical areas of Linux and Wi-Fi, according to John Linville, the Linux wireless software maintainer. In particular, Linville reported that development work is proceeding too slowly on a new 802.11 stack (d80211), and with a new Wi-Fi API (cfg80211), "development is even slower." Hemminger described the cfg80211 as "a good start but there are no user interface tools (the iproute2 equivalent of iwconfig)."
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