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Re: [gNewSense-users] openFWWF Failing to work

From: Patrik Lembke
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] openFWWF Failing to work
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 11:07:21 +0200

On Fri, 16 Oct 2009 05:24:54 -0700 Jason Self <address@hidden>
> On Oct 16, 2009, at 12:41 AM, Steve Woodruff wrote:
> > I am hoping to find a bit of guidance on an issue I've been having.  
> > I just installed gNewSense 2.3, and went through the process of  
> > setting up my wireless adapter (Broadcom 4311 rev. 01) - I used the  
> > guide that Leo Rockway wrote here:
> >
> >
> > I have used this method in the past with no ill-effects. It has  
> > worked for me in Debian, Ubuntu, and gNewSense before. However, this  
> > time it's giving me a continuous output of error messages. I have  
> > attached a portion of dmesg as a file. This section of dmesg just  
> > keeps repeating over, and over again. I'm really at a loss, but  
> > would like to get this working as quickly as possible. Thank you all  
> > for your time and effort!
> This has traditionally relied upon non-free software for its  
> operation, so b43 has probably been removed from the kernel.
> The OpenFWWF site claims that that their goal is to provide an open  
> source firmware for Broadcom/AirForce chipset based devices, but their  
> site goes on to say that to make the firmware work properly you need  
> at least 2 more files that must be extracted from original Broadcom  
> drivers: b0g0bsinitvals5.fw and b0g0initvals5.fw.
> This makes me wonder if it truly is free software. May I suggest  
> replacing your WiFi card with one that is better supported by free  
> software?

And that is just old info, now days it is free.

Patrik Lembke
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