Linux Kernel news: Wlan and Webcams for everyone

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Wlan in Linux

The Ottawa Linux Smyposium was at the end of July and dealt with all kinds of Linux (kernel) related topics. Heise’s Thorsten Leemhuis made an excellent review in German about the main topics of the symposium, and you also find detailed background information at the symposium archive and at the proceedings page.

One topic which struck me was the current state of Wlan in Linux: Wlan in Linux was horrible and broken for years. Or, to cite a Linux Wlan developer: “Linux was a wireless Lan ghetto.” But it changed a year ago when the new Wlan stack mac80211 was integrated into the mainline kernel. Since then, things have improved very much, and today Wlan on Linux is not the number one problem any more.

Webcams in Linux

Webcams on Linux were not working in the last years. Now gspca was also added to the current development tree.

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