So I’m getting fairly desperate to get Wifi running on my HP slaptop and apart from the lack of network connectivity it runs like a dream. The framebuffer works great at native resolution, sound works great, the battery life is superb and it’s wicked fast for any task I throw at it. Given how well software in general, web browsers in particular, runs I’m not far off making Haiku my daily driver. The only stumbling block is the lack of networking and as the USB controller only works well on one of two ports here and that port’s needed to run a mouse I’m stuck with getting the internal card working.
Since the current driver for Realtek wifi is a port of the FreeBSD driver for it I’m hoping it’ll be a fairly trivial task getting an updated version of that driver running. How much tweaking is required to the code to get it running? Are we talking umpteen lines of glue or is the compat layer separate enough from the BSD code that it’s more of a “Chuck code in this directory, do a compile and it ought to run”?