[conspire] ubuntu and b43 problems
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Nov 8 01:17:12 PST 2010
Quoting Ehud Kaldor (ehud.kaldor at gmail.com):
> after sending, ran into the comment in here:
> stating the LP-PHY cards need to install the proprietary Broadcom driver. is
> that so? is there no way to use the open drivers?
I've not commented because I have no recent knowledge of compatibility
of the b43 driver with the most recent Broadcom chipsets. However, I
just wanted to point out that what you call the 'internal Broadcom
BCM4312 LP-PHY rev1' appears to be on a miniPCI card.
Which means that one obvious way around any driver problems would be to
(1) yank the damned thing out and sell it, (2) put in a
more-open-source-friendly miniPCI wireless card, and (3) profit.
Going all the way back to the winmodem misadventure, I can't help
noticing that a lot of Linux users misdefine the necessary and logical
question as 'How do I make Linux support all the components currently in
my machine?', when a better question is 'What's the best tradeoff of
time versus money that makes me able to get desired functionality?'
Disclaimer: I have no idea what special driver issues the LP-PHY rev1
variant may or may not pose. I'm merely speaking to the general
principle involved, that, if extremely recently released hardware
chipsets (/revisions) are giving you apparent driver problems, maybe the
most fruitful approach is to see the hardware as the problem, and
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