Official blog: Transmitting more newsJune 16, 2009
EvilDragon has posted some more information about the WiFi situation on the official blog:
Hiya, it’s EvilDragon again.
I got some more fresh news, and those are not about delaying or anything like that.
As you have all read, the only driver problem is WiFi. To put things short (and as they are pretty complicated), here is what was our problem:
There’s a closed-source driver available for the WiFi chip, but we didn’t at all want to use it (hey, we’re OPENPandora, not ClosedPandora). Then we found an OpenSource project for that WiFi chip – we used it and it worked well at the beginning (you might remember some WiFi testing videos).
But that driver was poorly coded – and it did have more and more problems. We can’t even get to work it anymore with the latest Angström image, only with our testing rootfs (which is good, as we do know that the hardware is fine.
Well, DJWillis wanted to take on the WiFi task – and it’s already looking really good. He found another driver which should work way better – and it already compiled with our latest kernel.
So basically, that WiFi issue MIGHT be solved faster than we thought. There’s still a lot of work needed, but this has been a HUGE progress.
I’ll keep you informed.