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Linux Wi-Fi specialist and developer Luis R. Rodriguez, who has worked for Atheros for several months now, has announced the release of the Otus driver under the ISC open source licence. This driver for Atheros UB81, UB82 and UB83 802.11n USB Wi-Fi chips has been released to have it integrated into the main development branch of Linux as soon as possible. That this approach can work very well was already demonstrated by ath9k. The kernel hackers integrated it into the main development branch that recently produced Linux 2.6.27 only a few weeks after its release in July. As the next versions of Fedora, OpenSuse and Ubuntu will come with this kernel version, all three will also include ath9k.
Greg Kroah-Hartman has already announced that he will incorporate the driver into the linux-staging tree. Before it becomes a regular Linux feature, the driver will need to undergo quite a bit of modification. For example, the driver contains code for supporting previous kernel versions, something the kernel hackers don't like to see in drivers that have been integrated into Linux.