May 29, 2006

OpenBSD: wpi, A Blob Free Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Driver

Damien Bergamini recently announced wpi(4), "a blob-free driver for Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG 802.11 adapters as found in Centrino Duo laptops" for OpenBSD. His announcement came a little over two months after Intel released the controversial ipw3945 driver for Linux which included a binary-only daemon described as necessary for enforcing regulatory limits for the radio transmitter on the wireless device. Curious to know more about Damien's efforts, I approached him for more information, asking him how his driver differs from the Linux driver.


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