November 15, 2003

Linuxant offers commercial WLAN driver license

Author: Werner Heuser

Werner Heuser writes "Linuxant Inc. is announcing the availability of
permanent end-user licenses
for DriverLoader. This driver supports the Intel(TM) PRO/Wireless 2100
chipset, which is part of Intel's Centrino technology. The driver
also supports WLAN chipsets made by Atheros, Broadcom, Cisco, Intersil, Realtek
and Texas Instruments.

Actually the driver consist of a compatibility-wrapper allowing standard
Windows NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) drivers
shipped by hardware vendors to be used as-is on Linux x86 systems.

If you still prefer Open Source drivers check out
the Intel Support of Centrino Under Linux Petition
or the BroadCom Petition.
Intel should be aware that Centrino(TM)
laptops are already very popular in the Linux community. For almost all
Centrino based laptops there are installation reports available."

DriverLoader licenses for end-users have been affordably priced at USD $19.95 and can now be purchased online from Linuxant's web store ( Upgrades to future versions will be provided at no extra charge for at least one year or longer. Free 30-day trial licenses also remain available. Due to significant development/support costs, and inconclusive discussions with hardware vendors, it is not possible to make DriverLoader completely free for end-users at this time.

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