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    Broadcom would like to announce


    the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver
    BREAKING: BROADCOM OPEN SOURCES WIRELESS DRIVERS
    This is awesome news because Broadcoms are the most popular chips. Soon Broadcom users will be able to use their devices right out of the box with Linux.
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    This is awesome news!

    May have taken them a while, but still, good job Broadcom.

    Straight from the horses mouth (so to speak): '[ANN] Full-source Broadcom wireless driver for 11n chips' - MARC
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    I was very happy to read this myself, although I just recently upgraded my hardware anyway >,<

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    Good news.

    I wonder if it was the latest comment that talked turkey which persuaded them.
    b43" - Linux Wireless

    Broadcom has elected to create their own proprietary driver possibly due to various portable computer manufacturers like Dell including Broadcom's wireless chipsets in their devices. [...]
    Any potential unsupported Broadcom wireless owners should note that if they would want native linux driver support should seek another wireless chipset manufacturer apart from Broadcom to alleviate this issue.
    On the other hand, this is a different device. So be sure you buy the right one
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    Does this mean I don't have to get a refund on the Belkin N+N300 USB adapter I bought yesterday?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan View Post
    Does this mean I don't have to get a refund on the Belkin N+N300 USB adapter I bought yesterday?
    Is it a Broadcom? It might be awhile before the official drivers make it into the kernel tree.
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    I'm not a wireless user myself, but this is great news for those that are as wireless always seems to be one of the biggest hurdles for new Linux users.
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    This is great!
    Glad to see them finally opening up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GNU-Fan View Post
    Good news.

    I wonder if it was the latest comment that talked turkey which persuaded them.
    b43" - Linux Wireless



    On the other hand, this is a different device. So be sure you buy the right one
    That was pretty harsh, I liked it! I think comments like that would affect my business decisions in a timely manner too. I secretly wonder if all this has anything to do with Microsoft's new "We Love Linux" campaign. But as long as they are opening up, I'm happy about it.
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    In another link I found:
    Canonical has plans to incorporate the driver into Ubuntu 10.10 and may port the driver back into 10.4.
    Broadcom Releases Open Source Wireless Drivers - Linux Magazine Online
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