[ECOS] ecos - linux driver questions

Florian Mume florian.mume@web.de
Fri May 9 08:42:00 GMT 2003

Hi everybody,

thanks a lot for the responses!

I think it will be easier to use uCLinux (although it has a quite large
 or write a very simple driver because I intend to use the one card up from
These "three weeks engineering time" are a little bit much and are probably
reason for saving the jobs of experienced engineers ;-)

If somebody has some experience in programming an Orinoco driver, please be
invited to send me a response.
Cheers Florian

On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 16:02, Gary D. Thomas wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-05-06 at 09:47, Florian Mume wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm a student of electrical engineering and quite a newby in the great
> > world. I'm working on an Atmel AT91 custom board and got ecos already
> > running :-)
> > Could somebody please let me know, if there is a possibility to get a
> > Wireless LAN PCMCIA card (perferable Orinoco) working in an Arm
> > If so, how complicated would it be?
> > Is it in general possible to "port" a driver from Linux to eCos?
> >
> In theory, writing a network driver for eCos is pretty straight
> forward.  The problem comes in the details, and these wireless
> cards abound in them.
> You may be able to take ideas and inspiration from Linux drivers,
> but sadly you can't copy code since the licenses are not compatible.

Does this also apply to a student doing some project work that will
never leave the lab of his university ? I can understand how the GPL
prevents the integration of linux code into the ecos tree but not how it
could prevent an individual to use linux code into his private project.

> Given that the Linux drivers for these cards (just the wireless
> and card specific parts) comes to easily 15,000 lines of code,
> this will be a daunting task.
> My guess is that it would take an experienced eCos engineer a
> minimum of 3 man weeks to get this working.
> --
> Gary D. Thomas <gary.thomas@mind.be>
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