4 person study of orinoco_cs source

Christopher Abiad cabiad at engmail.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Apr 4 02:20:27 EST 2002

I'm a part of a group of computer engineering undergrad students that is
about to start on our 4th year design project.  We have committed to a
project that involves 802.11b (more details in an email to come soon).
We've received funding from the school and purchased 802.11b PC cards.
We've chosen to use Orinoco-based cards because of the GPL driver, which we
found because of Jean Tourrilhes' page:

Part of our project will require us to change the driver.  We plan to use
code from David Gibson, which we found at
http://ozlabs.org/people/dgibson/dldwd/ for our work.

This weekend we hope to begin to get an understanding of the code's
workings.  We will report bugs, and suggest any possible optimizations we
find (?) to this mailing list.  If we get stuck I hope it will be ok to ask
a question or two as well.  If there are other forums for this kind of
discussion, please let me know where they are!

We are by no means experts in the field, but we have taken the time to
become familiar with the basic structure and workings of network device
drivers under Linux.  In order to make the best use of our time, we'd
appreciate any insight that others might share, especially:
- Recommendations on whether to work from the code in testing/ or in
orinoco-0.10/.  That is, what level of functionality can I expect from
- Pit-falls and/or especially complex code
- Recommendations on where to start looking at the code so that it makes the
most sense

Thanks in advance,
Honours Computer Engineering, Class of 2003
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada

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