User email@example.com added comment https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=216530#c11
--- Comment #11 from Dominique Leuenberger firstname.lastname@example.org 2009-02-11 10:15:17 MST --- Pulling in a package based on existing hardware is done for all sort of drivers, based on the Supplements: tag.
The 'problem' here is that for Atheros, and also broadcom cards, a binary blob needs to be installed in plus.
For the bcm cards there is a simple script (most likely also for atheros) (for bcm it's /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware )
The 'problem' is that a 'typical' user installing openSUSE does not know about the existance of this script and he neesd to be informed or even 'supported' in performing this step. (b43-fwcutter is automatically installed if you have a bcm chip, but it's presence remains a mystery for most users...)