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To all,I am perplexed as to why Atheros doesn't release their HAL as open
source. Yes, I read the website, which had a blurb stating that Atheros
needed to control the frequencies their chipsets could tune to. However, I
fail to see what the legal issue is. Does Atheros get fined/sued by the FCC
is someone finds a way to tune to other frequencies? If Atheros makes an
open source driver available, with the restriction of frequencies, and
someone finds a way to change the frequencies, does Atheros get fined/sued?
The whole argument seems like a load of crap to me(excuse the language). Why
would Atheros get sued if someone hacked their software to do something it
wasn't supposed to do? Heck, Atheros could even make it a term in the
license that the user should not make any modifications to any code dealing
with tuning into frequencies. That way, any user violating Atheros' license
would not get Atheros in legal trouble.
Is there any intellectual property that needs to be protected? I thought
about this, but I can't imagine there's anything super-secret about 802.11b/g/n
chipsets that the official specifications for the protocol don't cover.
Can someone explain to me the REAL reason why Atheros doesn't release
drivers(perhaps a link to the law that says that they can't would be nice).
From: Michael Renzmann <mrenzmann@ma...> - 2007-06-29 13:27:11
> Can someone explain to me the REAL reason why Atheros doesn't release
> drivers (perhaps a link to the law that says that they can't would be
There have been various discussions with lots of argumentation on this
mailing list. Please dig the list archives and read them, and if that
leaves some of your questions open feel free to ask them again. It does
not make sense to wade through that field over and over again.