rtl8187b: puzzled at reg_table

Johnny Cuervo cuervo.r at zerokarma.homeunix.org
Fri Jan 2 11:29:03 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 02, 2009 at 03:34:43AM -0200, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> Hi, Larry, Johnny, Andrea,
> Happy GNU Year to you all!

Hmm. How to express how much the new year still sucks without putting
down GNU or being rude... Ahh, there we go. :-)

> On Jul  9, 2008, Larry Finger <Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net> wrote:
> > Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> I see that Andrea thanks Realtek Corp for the support, in
> 8180_rtl8225z2.c, and at
> http://www.datanorth.net/~cuervo/blog/rtl8187b-drivers-and-patches/
> Johnny claims to have obtained that driver from realtek.
> This is good, if confirmed, because then Realtek will have distributed
> the table above under the GPL, so in theory it wouldn't be able to use
> its copyright power to stop people from redistributing, which was one my
> of concerns.
> Johnny, can you please confirm that you got the code from realtek, and
> how that happened?  I couldn't find alternate sources for this driver
> straight from Realtek, but I can't say I looked for it real hard :-)

I emailed Realtek (I don't recall the exact address and it's ar beyond my
logs) asking if they could please send me the RTL8187B drivers for
Linux, and I received a response from a Realtek employee with a .tar.gz
attachment (which is the same as the "unmodified" tarball on my site).

It took an hour or two of Googling various things to come up with the
email address I said hi to, but it was <@realtek.com.tw>. I've just gone
through my .Trash and inbox and unfortunately no longer have the
specific mail, but if my word is any good, the "unmodified" tarball on
my site is the same that was emailed to me in response. (I believe, off
the top of my head, that it was "support at realtek.com.tw", but the
response most definitely came from a personal-corporate email address.)

If there's any other help I can provide, please don't hesitate to ask.

> Andrea, I realize you wrote the code some 3+ years ago, but I wonder...
> Do you happen to remember where the numbers came from for this
> MAC_REG_TABLE, related with WPA configuration in rtl8187b?  It would be
> nice to have a few comments explaining the meaning of those bits, so
> that one could change them to suit one's own needs, or even improve it.
> Is there, by any chance, any documentation you could point us to, where
> you got instructions to come up with those numbers?
> > We are now in contact with Realtek and there is hope of getting their
> > input on this device.
> Any news on this front?
> Thanks in advance.  Looking forward to a positive response from you all.
> Best regards,
> -- 
> Alexandre Oliva           http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
> You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
> Be Free! -- http://FSFLA.org/   FSF Latin America board member
> Free Software Evangelist      Red Hat Brazil Compiler Engineer

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