Philip Trickett (List) wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-03-14 at 14:49 -0800, Craig Hughes wrote:
>> On Mar 14, 2006, at 2:25 PM, Philip Trickett (List) wrote:
>>> Guess all the cool things show up after you have come to a decision:
>> The problem with about 99% of these tiny wifi modules is two things:
>> 1. Availability of open-source drivers is very scarce. The current
>> generation of wifi chipset makers don't seem to understand that
>> people want the run wifi on devices with linux on them. Marvell
>> seems to be about the only manufacturer who gets this, and even they
>> seem to be having trouble getting the software out to those who want
>> to buy their products, even though the code clearly exists with the
>> right license and everything (see previous post about the code
>> available at ftp://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/wireless/WL-530g/
>> GPL_1942.zip -- warning again: 300+MB zipfile there).
>> 2. Module/chipset makers are very reluctant to actually sell product
>> to anyone who isn't going to be either making cellphones, or selling
>> 1,000,000,000,000+ units of whatever the final product is.
>> Convincing these people that 100,000 units is something that they
>> should even bother spending time on taking our money for is tough.
>> The module we've ended up settling on seems to solve both these two
>> problems, while still being nice and small. I'll post a picture of
>> the board in a little bit once I can get a board near a digital
>> camera -- but the wifi daughtercard we're creating will be 80mmx20mm,
>> ie the same size as the gumstix itself. So the stack of gumstix+wifi
>> daughtercard will look as sleek as the thumbstix+gumstix combo -- ie
>> really really sleek (http://www.gumstix.com/gallery/
>> board_thumbstix.html). Actually, a bit sleeker, because it won't
>> have that huge ugly USB male connector sticking out the end.
> The board and module does sound good. It is good to see a manufacturer
> releasing the code, rather than relying on volunteers to write drivers
> to support the device.
> You wouldn't have a rough ETA on the board would you? ;)
Sorry to let the cat out of the bag, about the prototype 802.11g board!