Linux: New Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Driver
Monday, February 12, 2007
James Ketrenos announced a new 80211 based driver for the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection adapter, "this new driver uses the new d80211 subsystem previously only available as part of the wireless-dev tree." An earlier incarnation of the driver code was much criticized for its inclusion of a userland binary-only daemon [story], prompting the OpenBSD project to create their own blob-free driver for the card [story]. "The [new] iwlwifi driver for the 3945 does not require the user space daemon, but does require a new microcode image," James explained, "over the past year we were able to make the necessary changes to the microcode used with the 3945 such that we were able to remove the regulatory daemon."Great news for laptop users wanting to use Linux! Next to the Broadcom chipset, the Intel PRO Wireless chip is one of the most popular ones in laptops. As Roy Schestowitz puts it: "No more 'I got Ubuntu installed, but I can't get my Wi-fi to work without ndiswrapper'. Good news. Maybe the "free drivers" initiative  is paying off."
Read more @ KernelTrap (with some Q and A).