Kernel 2.6.2 Changes

John Shaw jshaw at
Thu Feb 5 18:02:05 EST 2004

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~From the Changelog:

* restructured Linux net device use to be more like IEEE 802.1q VLAN
(add a master IEEE 802.11 radio netdev (wifi#) and make all other
devices virtual; only one netif queue is used; share all IEEE 802.11
handling for all packets using wlan#, wlan#ap, wlan#sta, wlan#wds#

AthlonRob wrote:
| On Thu, 2004-02-05 at 14:37, Bradley Chapman wrote:
|>>Of course, CVS isn't quite perfect.  I now have a wifi0 that's just
|>>funky and a wlan0 that works as normal and no working WEP support, but
|>>some of that may be my specific card and some of it may be my
|>I get a strange wifi0 interface under 2.6.0, 2.6.1 and 2.6.2. I think it's
|>a weird bug in the CVS code.
| I have a feeling there's a reason behind it, I'm just not sure what it
| is.  Maybe they're planning on changing the name from wlan0 to wifi0?  I
| like the idea of the interface being named wifi better than it being
| named wlan, I think.
|>>I'm using hostap as a regular driver as the orinoco_cs and wlan-ng
|>>drivers wouldn't either work quite right with my card.
|>So am I - I kept getting interrupt storms with the orinoco_cs drivers (for
|>which development is somewhat calcified, BTW). And the linux-wlan-ng
|>are too hard and too complex to set up (I fought with them for months
|>going with orinoco_cs, and now hostap).
| I never had any interrupt issues with the orinoco_cs drivers (although I
| did with my Atmel card and the SF drivers - but that is another
| story)... the drivers really worked fine, except they never could locate
| a base station.  They recognized the card, the module loaded, wireless
| extensions, etc.  It even seemed to show signal strengths, it just never
| actually associated itself with the base station.  So... I moved on to
| linux-wlan-ng.  Why the HELL would they refuse to use Wireless
| Extensions, which are *SO FREAKING EASY*?  After sitting on their
| mailing list for a while, I think I've come to the conclusion the
| wlan-ng dev(s) just got pissed off about wireless extensions becoming
| more popular than them, so they say piss off to anybody who reasons
| wireless extension support in their drivers might be a good thing.
| </rant>
| Rob
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