Re: New Broadcom BCM63xx codebase with GPL'd Ethernet and USB support
sblanco wrote:Orca wrote:
@sblanco: why isn't there some form of documentation for xDSL (current is VDSL) like there is for the wireless drivers:
The same could be useful for builtin DOCSIS or LTE (4G) support.
Don't ask me why! Ask the ones who are involved!
Hehe, lol, funny. And here I was, thinking that ANYBODY employing OpenWrt was involved... Isn't that the idea? To learn and help each other out in the process? Share some ideas or insights? Maybe I am to naive...
Simply using the software and expecting (prompt and competent) support, is not the kind of "involvement" that helps this project exceed. The idea here was to PREVENT people, who would like to employ OpenWrt, from buying unsupported hardware. I'm trying to achieve this with the http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/buyerguide (no more advertising, please) but it is somehow incomplete. A little bla,bla a link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_open_source_wireless_drivers#Linux and it's a beginning.
I haven't found such an overview for drivers other than wireless and sound. I hope you agree, that it would be nice to have something like that for DSL, DOCSIS and maybe even LTE. I think on this years CeBit AVM introduced Routers with built-in 4G stuff. So there is a development in integrating more and more functionality into the SoC or first onto the PCB. The fewer the DSL-ICs with FOSS driver, the more important to present them. Put them in plain sight. Achieve functionality and avoid unsupportable closed source blobs.
I don't plan to list all ICs/Chips with DSL-functionality and then what kernel their blobs need, but go the other way around. List the driver, and name the SoCs that are supported. I should be a short list.
Sorry, somehow I'm involved like everyone that use this software and give some kind of feedback, what I meant was I don't contribute that much to the project to say I'm really involved. Even I sent once or twice simple patches for supporting some hardware!
You are right, it would be great to have that kind of information on the wiki, it would push manufacturers to collaborate with open source community, otherwise their hardware is not in the list and people won't buy it.