Marvell 88w8335 [Libertas]

Holger Schurig hs4233 at
Wed Mar 19 06:24:03 EDT 2008

> The module loads (does not bail out in the interrupt handler)
> and creates the devices:
> It is not yet fully working, however. The card does not seem
> to react on the scanning/set_channel commands:

This mailing list is more for the 838x chips, but we don't have a 
problem with occassional 833x e-mail traffic here.

However, my advice is the following: As long as the driver's home 
is on some "obscure" tar files, it will always suffer from 
bitrot and not-so-much contribution by third partis. So aim to 
bring the driver into the linux kernel. Talk with John W. 
Linville on the linux-wireless mailing list about this. should give you pointers. For drivers, 
sometimes Linux accepts even not-so-good-code, when there is a 
chance that the beast get's better via re-factoring over time.

When if_cs.c went into the in-kernel-libertas driver, a few 
people that I never heard of found errors or sent bugfixes.

Second advice: I think the BSD people (FreeBSD possible) have a 
m8k driver in their kernel tree. As I have heard, this beast 
actually works. So either look there for inspiration or try 
*BSD, pepper the code with debug printks and try to understand 
the differences between their code and the current linux code.

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