On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 10:52:14AM +0800, colin wrote:
> I have used two 802.11x wireless usb devices successfully on MIPS platform.
> One is realtek 8187 and the other one is ralink 2571.
> I would like to put them into kernel tree and then I found that there are
> not many 802.11x devices supported in Linux.
If you want to submit a driver to the kernel, please post it to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't expect a driver to be just accepted; it
will go through a thorough review and after all the issues have been
resolved it will be accepted.
> Moreover, there is no any wireless usb device supported.
Wireless support under Linux is suffering from several problems:
o some core require microcode to be loaded but the vendor does not
give such permission.
o lack of documentation, sometimes for paranoid or bogus legal reasons or
"intellectual property" concerns.
At times it really seems vendors are working to maximize pain for the user ...
> It is also very strange that 8187 and 2571 both have their own ieee802.11x
> stack and crypt drivers. It seems that Linux doesn't offer them.
> I am wondering why Linux is so complex in 802.11x.
Well, for one thing because 802.11 is complex. The Linux wireless support
has gone through several generations; some of the wireless work was for
one or the other reason never integrated in the kernel.org kernel.