Ralink Adds RT5390 Support To Open WiFi Driver
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 9 February 2011 at 01:24 PM EST. 16 Comments
Back in September there was the major victory for the open-source and Linux hardware support communities when Broadcom open-sourced an 802.11n Linux driver after years of their WiFi chipsets being notorious under Linux. There's another wireless chipset vendor now getting more serious about open-source driver support too and that's Ralink. They've now contributed patches to the rt2x00 driver project that enables their new RT5390 chipset family to be used by this open-source Linux wireless driver.

The Ralink RT5390 is an 802.11 b/g/n chipset that bears a PCI Express 1.1 interface. The product brief for the RT5390 on the Ralink web-site does advertise Linux support along side Windows and Mac OS X support.

Hitting the rt2x00 mailing list yesterday was a set of patches from a Ralink engineer providing the said support to this open-source driver.

This is not the first time that Ralink has provided open-source Linux driver code, but in the past they have just done tar-ball drops rather than actively engaging with the upstream Linux kernel community.

This achievement was noted by Greg Kroah-Hartman on his blog. Novell, the Linux Driver Project, and Greg were involved in pushing for these Ralink Linux driver improvements.
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