Broadcom Open Sources Wi-Fi Drivers, Linux Users Celebrate

Paul Lilly

Broadcom finally answered the call for Linux users who have been pining away for open source drivers for their Broadcom wireless chips.

"Broadcom would like to announce the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver for its latest generation of 11n chipsets," Broadcom announced late last week. "The driver, while still a work in progress, is released as full source and uses the native mac80211 stack."

Broadcom went on to say that the drivers support multiple current chips (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) while also providing a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, like the mac80211-aware embedded parts.

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