[Community] Thinfirm WLAN firmware

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Tue Feb 5 17:34:36 CET 2013


Am 05.02.2013 um 17:29 schrieb Nick:

> On Tue, Feb 05, 2013 at 05:14:54PM +0100, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>> I tried to follow the links you provided to find sources (i.e. a free&open
>> firmware) but did find binary blobs only.
>> 
>> So I think it is just another binary blob from Marvell that can be loaded
>> by a different (free & open) kernel driver into the 8686 chip.
> 
> Oh, I think you're right after all :( I can't find sources for the
> firmware either, and the LICENSE text at[1] is clearly nonfree; "No
> reverse engineering, decompilation, or disassembly of this software 
> is permitted."
> 
> That's a pity. I imagined the OLPC people would have insisted on a
> free driver (and have had the clout to be able to convince a
> manufacturer / reverse engineer one). Presumably WLAN firmwares are

I think they even started to reverse engineer, but that activity has stalled [2].

> particularly difficult to get opened due to regulatory fears
> (however unfounded).
> 
> Anyway, that's a pity. If anyone has any information to the
> contrary, I'd be happy to hear it...
> 
> Nick
> 
> 1. http://dev.laptop.org/pub/firmware/libertas/thinfirm/LICENSE

[2]: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Marvell_microkernel




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