[NCLUG] Intel open source drivers

Michael Milligan milli at acmeps.com
Thu Feb 1 18:41:17 MST 2007

It's a legal/litigation worry by Atheros because of the design, where
output wattages are controlled by the firmware, not by the hardware
directly (unlike most other chipsets).  Designed that way for
cost-savings I'm sure.


Chad Perrin wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 07:24:37PM -0700, Bob Proulx wrote:
>> Michael Milligan wrote:
>>> the core driver guts (yes, proprietary... some nonsense about FCC
>>> regs... they don't trust that open source guys won't crank up the output
>>> wattage above certain levels :-).
>> I have heard this reason but fundamentally it makes no sense to me.
>> There are a lot of products sold that can be used to do illegal things
>> if the user were to choose to do so.  Everything from cars to kitchen
>> knifes.  That does not make the product as it is illegal by itself.
> The fact that it doesn't make much sense won't stop the government from
> doing it.

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