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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:52 am    Post subject: How long will it take? Reply with quote

I'm wondering how long it will take before nvidia ppc and airport extreme are both supported under Linux (in my case for the 12" albook 1GHz). I'd bet many other people are wondering this, and since I'm sure there's no certian answer, I'm just interested in discussion. I'm not holding my breath or anything, but I'm primarily using OSX, and would like to use gentoo because I like having choice. It appears "thinking different" requires thinking the same as anyone using macos... I had gentoo on for awhile, but those few things bugged me enough to keep OSX on the entire 40G disk. OSX is a Unix, and I'll take what works, but I would prefer Gentoo.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wondering this myself. Any predictions? Are there any workarounds?

Is it possible to configure the AE card the same way as a regular Airport card and get at least some functionality?

How about bluetooth? Anyone have information on support for this?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sadly, I wouldn't hold your breath for 'full' nvidia or airport extreme support. Both vendors don't seem to care about ppc linux users and haven't made any effort to release either specs or binaries.

That said nvidia works fairly well for most things (except hardware 3d accell), there are a few nvidia developers that have contributed to the nv drivers in X, and I think also gave some helping hints for the kernel riva drivers.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, but i still want to know if i can at least config my AE card like a regular Airport card and get some functionality.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcbruiser, The regular Airport card uses an Orinoco based chipset, and the Airport Extreme uses a Broadcom chipset. Trying to use an Airport Extreme with an Airport driver is like trying to use an ATI video card with NVidia drivers... Short answer: No. Sorry for the bad news. I wouldn't know about bluetooth, as I've never tried. Hopefully Broadcom will release some specs for thier chipsets soon.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eventually, the broadcom chipset will probably be reverse-engineered regardless of the reticence of its manufacturers. Unfortunately, I don't know of any current projects working on it, and I don't have the technical background (nor the hardware) myself to attempt such a feat. In the meantime, PCMCIA/USB adapters and nicely phrased emails to Broadcom would be your best bet.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=148164&highlight=airport+extreme
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