Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 187433
Review Request: acx-kmod - Open ACX100/ACX111 wireless NIC driver
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:29 EST
Spec Name or Url: http://rpm.greysector.net/extras/acx-kmod.spec
SRPM Name or Url: http://rpm.greysector.net/extras/acx-kmod-0.3.35-0.2.20060188.8.131.52_1.1833_FC4.src.rpm
ACX100 is an open source driver for ACX100/ACX111 WiFi chipsets.
This driver doesn't work without some firmware files, so I'm not 100% sure it
really belongs into Extras. I've also built acx-kmod and acx-kmod-common
packages, which are available here :
As well as two packages for the main firmwares.
Sure, ipw2xxx modules are agood example of free drivers that require a
non-included firmware to work, but since they're built from the main kernel, I
myself consider it somewhat different.
bcm43xx is another example which requires firmware files. If that's good enough
an arrangement for the main kernel package, I don't see why it wouldn't be for
external modules per se.
Ideally, the -common package should contain the firmwares IMHO. But since it's
questionable whether it's distributable, this is what we're stuck with.
Note that D-Link Deutschland GmbH has apparently given unlimited distribution
rights to their ACX1xx firmware. This would seem to meet the Fedora binary
firmware packaging guidelines.
With the small snag that I can't figure out exactly what firmware this covers,
or the full original message that gives the permission. I guess this means you
can just download the windows drivers from D-Link and pull the firmware files out.
As far as what firmware you need for which chip:
The PCMCIA port on my laptop has died, I have no means to test this anymore, so
I'm withdrawing this.