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How Linux Wireless Got Better

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A few years ago, wireless LAN support in Linux was pretty bad. In January 2006, Jeff Garzik posted an email entitled ""State of the Union: Wireless"" in which he proclaimed that Linux had once again proved ""its superiority in the area of crappy wireless (WiFi) support"". Fast forward several years, and now Linux has good support for most wireless LAN hardware on the market. Linux is directly supported by all of the major wireless LAN hardware manufacturers. This didn't just happen by accident -- many people worked behind the scenes for a long time to make this happen. This talk is about open source community organization and leadership. It is intended to interest not only software developers but also technical users, managers, and anyone else trying to get things done in the open source community.

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