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Date:   Mon, 23 Oct 2023 17:39:10 +0300
From:   Kalle Valo <>
To:     Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc:     Arnd Bergmann <>,
        "David S . Miller" <>,
        Alexandre Belloni <>,
        Claudiu Beznea <>,
        Geert Uytterhoeven <>,
        Geoff Levand <>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Jeff Johnson <>,
        Johannes Berg <>,
        Larry Finger <>,
        Nicolas Ferre <>,
        Pavel Machek <>, Stanislaw Gruszka <>,
        Gregory Greenman <>,
        linuxppc-dev <>,,,,,
        Stanislav Yakovlev <>,
        Linux Wireless <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 10/10] [RFC] wifi: remove ipw2100/ipw2200 drivers

Arnd Bergmann <> writes:

> From: Arnd Bergmann <>
> These two drivers were used for the earliest "Centrino" branded Intel
> laptops during the late 32-bit Pentium-M era, roughly 2003 to 2005, which
> probably makes it the most modern platform that still uses the wireless
> extension interface instead of cfg80211. Unlike the other drivers that
> are suggested for removal, this one is still officially maintained.
> According to Johannes Berg, there was an effort to finish the move away
> from wext in the past, but the last evidence of this that I could find
> is from commit a3caa99e6c68f ("libipw: initiate cfg80211 API conversion
> (v2)") in 2009.
> Link:
> Cc: Stanislav Yakovlev <>
> Cc: Linux Wireless <>
> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> ---
> I'm not convinced this should be in the same set of drivers as the
> rest, since this is clearly less obsolete than the other hardware
> that I would remove support for.

I am inclined to remove this one as well, it's just so old.

This patch didn't make it to the list, I guess it was too big. But it's
available from the pending branch:


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