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There was a time, almost now forgotten, when I was working with the Wavelan and Mobile IP with Manuel Rodríguez. But, the usual politics and lack of time prevented this project to go on. However, the work that I did on the Wavelan drivers and the Wireless Extensions has found it's way outside HP, and as the result of this work, I took over the maintaince of those two projects.
I'm still officially the maintainer if the ISA and Pcmcia Wavelan drivers for Linux, even if I've got no more time to maintain it (my Open Source life is kind of busy). So, if anybody want to volunteer to take the job (maintaining the drivers), I will be gratefull, meanwhile I will try to keep the errata list on this page up to date.
So far, Justin Seger from MIT *may* have taken over the maintainance of the Wavelan Linux Pcmcia driver. I wish him good luck and plenty of fun with it. Other pieces are still up for grabs.
You will find the ISA driver in recent kernels, and the Pcmcia driver in recent Pcmcia package. Wireless Extension support is built in recent kernels as well (check your nearest supplier), and now distributions deliver to you kernels with Wireless Extension enabled !
There is no specific mailing list, news group or HyperNews server for the Wavelan drivers or Wireless Extensions (this is because there is no bugs and no problems, not that I'm too lazy :-).
The only remaining thing to install on your system is the Wireless Tool package (to manipulate Wireless Extensions).
The driver ``wavelan'' as included in the Linux kernel has been tested with the following hardware :
On the other hand, the following hardware is NOT supported by the above drivers :
The Pcmcia Package 3.1.24 has the very latest Pcmcia driver, including the latest SMP fixes. On the other hand, the driver included in kernel 2.4.X is not up to date.
No pending patches.
I must thank Manuel Rodríguez for being such a fine guy and starting such a great project. Viva España !
Thank all the people here (HP Labs Bristol) to bear with me while working on the Wavelan.
Loeke Brederveld and Nico Valster from Lucent have given me much needed informations on the Wavelan hardware. Of course, the drivers wouldn't have been possible without all the people having contributed code to the drivers, especially Bruce Janson and Anthony D. Joseph the initial authors or respectively the ISA and the Pcmcia drivers for Linux.
The Linux community and its gurus have provided us an operating system beyond our wildest expectations. David Hinds, Linus Torvalds, David S. Miller and Alan Cox have been really helpful.
The Linux Wavelan driver users are wonderful !
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