Posted 27 February 2018 - 10:43 PM
Well, Qualcomm bought Atheros and now Broadcom is in a hostile takeover effort of Qualcomm - only offering $117 billion US. So Linux's worst nightmare will (maybe) own Linux's best hope for wifi.
Of course, the takeover has a lot more to do with smartphone chipsets than it does with Linux wifi and Broadcom has really stepped up its Linux game in the past few years. But oh the irony of it all...
Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:18 PM
Linux has come a long way with chip support and it's usually possible to get most working. Maybe more tricky if they are recently released.
Why does wifi need so many different chipsets? Realtek seem to have dozens of different ones that all do basically the same thing, in fact I think most chip makers do. I have a Realtek one that's several years old in TP-Link WN-822N V4 that still needs a driver built from Github.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Posted 01 March 2018 - 03:39 PM
I agree that a lot more are supporting Linux. I suppose that was inevitable given the number of laptops we have now.
There has been a disturbing number that requires non-free firmware though. Not a good thing if you want to use Debian. Intel and even Atheros are tending this way.
Edited by raymac46, 01 March 2018 - 03:39 PM.
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