On 11/23/2015 12:08 AM, Michal Kubecek wrote:
On Sunday 22 of November 2015 18:05:27 Bruno Friedmann
The only thing that doesn't work out of the
box is the Realtek
Fortunately there's one person that have good sources.
- Will the driver code end up in kernel one day?
As the github repository seems to belong to the person who maintains
most Realtek wi-fi drivers in mainline kernel, I guess it's him whom you
should ask about his plans about getting the driver into mainline.
The SDIO driver for the RTL8723BS is the same pile of stinking excrement as are
all the Realtek drivers for USB devices, thus submission to the kernel requires
many months of reworking. That applies even to staging. In addition, submission
to staging also implies a commitment to eventually convert the driver for
submission to the regular wireless tree. Actually, I do not expect to live long
enough to be able to complete that task!
There is hope. Jes Sorensen of Red Hat is writing a new driver for Realtek USB
devices called rtl8xxxu. It lacks a number of features but is very stable. At
the moment, it handles RTL8723AU, RTL8188(CR)U, and RTL819(1,2)CU. Jes is
working on extending it to RTL8188EU and RTL8723BU. That last device is of great
interest here. Once it works, it will be quite easy to add the SDIO plumbing in
place of the USB stuff to make an rtl8723bs driver. Until that happens, you will
need to use the GitHub repo that is referenced above.
While awaiting the above developments, we are continuing to debug the GitHub
driver to improve its stability.
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