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Date:	Thu, 18 Jan 2007 22:29:23 -0500
From:	Dan Williams <dcbw@...hat.com>
To:	Jon Smirl <jonsmirl@...il.com>
Cc:	Christoph Hellwig <hch@...radead.org>,
	Marcelo Tosatti <marcelo@...ck.org>,
	Johannes Berg <johannes@...solutions.net>,
	netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@...ox.com>,
	"John W. Linville" <linville@...hat.com>,
	"Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@...il.com>,
	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>,
	Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...stprotocols.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Marvell Libertas 8388 802.11b/g USB driver (v2)

On Thu, 2007-01-18 at 17:54 -0500, Jon Smirl wrote:
> On 1/18/07, Christoph Hellwig <hch@...radead.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 10:41:45AM -0500, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > In the future we'll likely need some layering to support the 8385
> > > SDIO/CF variant, but most likely not in way the USB support is currently
> > > excessively layered and abstracted.
> >
> > Yeah.  Let's summarize my unfortunately a bit too nasty comments and
> > your more helpfull replies :-)
> >
> > This driver still needs a lot more work, both to cleanup a lot of crap
> > and integrate it better with the wireless stack.  And OLPC needs this
> > is not going to be an excuse of it's own.
> 
> The main feature of this chip is the on-chip support for 802.11s in
> firmware. What is the plan for integrating 802.11s into the existing
> wireless stacks? Does it make sense to do a softmac type 802.11s
> implementation first to figure out the right places to put the hooks
> for the 8388 hardware implementation?

I believe Javier Cordona (who will also be at the Linux Wireless Summit
this weekend) is going to do a d80211-based implementation alongside the
Libertas 8388 firmware and driver bits too.  802.11s networking in Linux
is still quite immature, and we need to get people interested in a
standard stack talking to each other.

Dan


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