Spent most of today cleaning up and shuffling a few wireless drivers in Gentoo Portage.
Thanks to Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, who were kind enough to sponsor me a brand new Sony Vaio VGN-FE550G laptop, I was able to test and verify the new ipw3945 driver along with the needed regulatory daemon and microcode. All of these are now available in a Gentoo Portage.
I’ve also shuffled the madwifi-driver and madwifi-tools around quite a bit. The previous ebuilds were renamed to net-wireless/madwifi-ng and net-wireless/madwifi-ng-tools. This allowed me to add ebuilds for the madwifi-old branch from upstream as requested in bug #125440. I recommend you stick to net-wireless/madwifi-ng over net-wireless/madwifi-old since this is where upstream development continues. If you happen to find a regression in madwifi-ng as compared to madwifi-old, please report it upstream.
The net-wireless/wpa_supplicant and net-wireless/hostapd ebuilds have been updated to work with either of the two madwifi branches.
Stay tuned for a “GNU/Linux on a Sony VAIO VGN-FE550G” HOWTO – I must say, this laptop is pretty fast (Core Duo 1.66GHz with 2GB RAM).