NDISwrapper 1.58 Now Runs On Newer Kernels
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 20 February 2013 at 01:14 AM EST. 8 Comments
NDISwrapper, the open-source project that implements the Microsoft Windows kernel API and NDIS API within Linux for running Windows wireless network card drivers on Linux, has been updated. This effectively native Windows WiFi network driver project for Linux now runs on new kernels, up to and including the brand new Linux 3.8 kernel. This is the first release from the project in more than one year.

NDISwrapper 1.58 was released on Tuesday night with the sole official change being "support for Linux kernels up to 3.8." This was the first release of 2013 with NDISwrapper 1.57 being the last update, which happened back in December of 2011. The NDISwrapper 1.57 release introduced support for Linux kernels from 2.6.35 to 3.1. That wrapper release also introduced various other changes.

Basically, NDISwrapper 1.58 introduces support for Linux kernels from 3.2 to 3.8.

With more network hardware vendors offering native Linux kernel drivers, NDISwrapper is beginning to lose importance. In fact, I nearly completely forgot about the project until Anzwix reminded me tonight with the new release.

If you are still relying upon NDISwrapper for Linux wireless network support rather than a native hardware driver, stop by its SourceForge page to grab the new 1.58 release.
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