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Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 09:25:42 -0000


MadWifi v0.9.3 released

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 09:25:42 -0000

MadWifi release v0.9.3 is now available for download via Some of the highlights are a new HAL release, fixed support for some PCI express chipsets of the AR5006 family, fixed compilation against recent 2.6.x kernels and many bug fixes. More detailed information available at

Release 0.9.1 available

Mon, 26 Jun 2006 08:07:22 -0000

v0.9.1 is now available for download via It fixes various bugs, introduces some new features and support for new platforms. Check for the details.

CVS deprecated

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 18:59:15 -0000

It's been detailed on already, but it might be worth to note it here again: along with the switch to (see the previous news item from this project) we also changed from CVS to Subversion. The files that are held on's CVS repository for this project are therefore deprecated.

Please visit to learn more about getting the files for this driver, getting help for installation and configuration from our Wiki, and asking for personal help in one of our support resources.

New website launched

Wed, 26 Oct 2005 09:30:59 -0000

The madwifi project moved most of its web services to another host. In addition, the long-awaited new source code from Atheros has been released.

Detailes are explained here:

Have a look at and let us know what you think.

Wiki up and running

Thu, 21 Apr 2005 16:54:46 -0000

Be sure to check out our new Wiki, which is now also the new home of the Madwifi FAQ and other stuff related to documentation. Kudos go to Matt Foster for setting up and maintaining the Wiki.

Contributions to the ongoing work to create useful and easy to understand documentation are highly welcome.

Two additional CVS branches opened

Mon, 21 Feb 2005 06:34:56 -0000

Recently we opened two additional CVS branches: BSD and WDS.

BSD is used to import code from the FreeBSD atheros driver in order to extend the functionality of Madwifi with new features and make use of some stuff that's been made available by the latest HAL upgrade.

The WDS branch is used for introducing fully-fledged WDS support to Madwifi.

You're welcome to test any of these branches and report about your findings. If you're new to Madwifi and stuff like CVS, and/or not willing to cope with probably instable/broken code you should wait instead until the new features are integrated into the main ("stable") line of Madwifi.

New HAL released

Wed, 09 Feb 2005 06:37:41 -0000

A new HAL version has been released, which brings two notable changes:

1. New directory structure:
Up to now there were different HAL binary releases for FreeBSD and Linux. This situation has been fixed, so that all operating systems that use the HAL now make use of identical hal.o's. In order to reflect these changes the release files have been moved from hal/[linux,freebsd] to hal/public.
Important: if you plan to update your CVS checkout, make use of "-dP" to get the new directory structure. That is, update via "cvs update -dP".

2. Better hardware support:
Recently there was an increasing number of reports about cards that couldn't be handled by madwifi (resulting in 'HAL status 13' messages). The new HAL solves this. All existing pci/cardbus parts in the retail channels should be handled now.

The changes are already available in public CVS as well as in the CVS snapshot archive. Go and give it a try! :)

As always: send problem reports or suggestions to the madwifi-users list. To subscribe visit

New mailing list - join the documentations team

Tue, 18 Jan 2005 09:21:18 -0000

We now have a new mailing list, madwifi-docs. The goal of this list is to coordinate the creation of new and improvement of existing documentation related to madwifi. If you're interested (or just curious), feel free to subscribe at . Every help is welcome.

CVS snapshot archive

Tue, 18 Jan 2005 09:17:01 -0000

Quite old news, but nevertheless: you can get daily generated CVS snapshots for madwifi from . The site also has an archive with snapshots back to late September 2004.

WPA branch merged into HEAD

Thu, 05 Aug 2004 18:19:47 -0000

I've just completed the back mege of the WPA branch into HEAD. The WPA branch should be considered dead and as soon as the public CVS is updated you should start pulling code from HEAD.

For those that have not been following the WPA branch note that the directory organization has changed. The old driver and wlan directories are replaced by ath and net80211, respectively. If you use

cvs up -dP

the old directories should be pruned so things will be less confusing. The version strings on the updated code should be for the ath driver and for the net80211 module. The module names have not changed.