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Linux 2.6.17 Kernel: Better WiFi, Faster Performance

Monday, June 19, 2006

I quote the article on this: "While this new kernel doesn't boast any earth-shaking additions, it does include numerous improvements to Linux for both users and developers. For many laptop users, the most important news is that Linux now includes built-in driver support for the Broadcom 43xx based wireless card family. This WiFi chip family is found in many laptops such as many models from Acer, Apple (those using Airport Extreme), Compaq, and Dell. This driver support depends upon another new enhancement to the kernel -- the addition of a Softmac layer in the wireless stack."

So what does this mean? Well, ha!, exactly what it says: The new kernel has better support (as in built-in drivers) for Broadcom 43xx based wireless cards. This, in turn means better performance. Read more about that here.

Also included in the latest kernel release is support for Sun's Niagara processor architecture. Actually, it is not the first kernel to support the Niagara architecture, Mark Shuttleworth's Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake" was. More on the new Niagara support here.
posted by linnerd40, Monday, June 19, 2006


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