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dist-upgrade of Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver

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TJ Hoye
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dist-upgrade of Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver

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Post by TJ Hoye » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:05 pm

I have recently done a dis-upgrade of the Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver.

This upgrade including the initramfs operation to connect the driver with the 14.4 kernel was successful,
with wireless throughput apparently the same or better than it was previously.

The 6.30.223.271 nomenclature is the same Broadcom numerology as it has been for the last few years, or so.
What is different in new 'MX-17' version that made this dist-upgrade necessary?

TIA
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Re: dist-upgrade of Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver

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Post by dolphin_oracle » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:18 pm

TJ Hoye wrote:I have recently done a dis-upgrade of the Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver.

This upgrade including the initramfs operation to connect the driver with the 14.4 kernel was successful,
with wireless throughput apparently the same or better than it was previously.

The 6.30.223.271 nomenclature is the same Broadcom numerology as it has been for the last few years, or so.
What is different in new 'MX-17' version that made this dist-upgrade necessary?

TIA
its patched so that the dkms modules (the driver) will build on the later kernels and the antiX 4.15 kernel.
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Re: dist-upgrade of Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver

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Post by Stevo » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:09 pm

Yes, since the antiX 4.15 kernel is showing up in the main repo, we decided to update the out-of-tree dkms drivers in main as necessary to build with the new kernel. Since the code in the patches only is used if the new kernel is detected, essentially you have exactly the same driver as before with the 4.14 kernel.

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Re: dist-upgrade of Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver

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Post by TJ Hoye » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:48 pm

What is the current guidance on which kernel to use with MX-17?
64-bit MX-18 Cruzer-Ultra-FIT LiveUSB on Dell 1545 Win7-era laptop.

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Re: dist-upgrade of Broadcom 64-bit STA mode wl driver

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Post by asqwerth » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:45 am

TJ Hoye wrote:What is the current guidance on which kernel to use with MX-17?

Look at the top of the forum main page for the Welcome box with links to news and announcements. You'll see a link in the line "Please read this important information about Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities."
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