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Madwifi.org joins Software in the Public Interest, Inc as Associated Project

Last modified 2008-02-06 10:03 by Neil McGovern

madwifi.org and Software in the Public Interest (SPI) are pleased to announce an agreement to place madwifi.org under the SPI umbrella as a member project

madwifi.org joins such estemed projects as the Debian, PostgreSQL and OpenOffice.org.

Michael Renzman, madwifi.org administrator said:
During the past three years our project has considerably grown. We started with just two developers back in 2005, now we count more than twenty members. MadWifi has become one of the most advanced WLAN drivers available for Linux today. Work on its successor - ath5k - has been started in 2007, and the new driver matures quickly.

The project has now reached a point where its further growth demands the backing of a corporate entity which can help with things like accepting and handling donations. SPI's offer to take care of all the administrative work is a great relief, as this allows us to stay focused on our development work. We are excited to join SPI as associated project and look forward to a close collaboration.
madwifi.org is a team of voluntary developers who provide Linux drivers for WLAN devices based on Atheros chipsets, namely MadWifi and ath5k.

MadWifi is one of the most advanced WLAN drivers available for Linux today. It is stable and has an established userbase. The driver itself is open source but depends on the proprietary Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that is available in binary form only.

ath5k is a relatively new and emerging driver and does not depend on the HAL. It is intended for inclusion into the mainline Linux kernel, exceed MadWifi feature-wise and replace MadWifi in the long run.
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