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Old 22nd May 2008
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Default Intel 4965AGN WiFi card (802.11n)

I just ordered a new ThinkPad T61 with a 4965AGN wifi card. I'd like to run FreeBSD on it, but after doing some research I'm a little unclear as to whether or not there's driver support for that wifi card in FreeBSD. Can anyone help me out with this?

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Old 22nd May 2008
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I honestly don't know, OpenBSD has an iwn(4) driver.. but I can't seem to find that via FreeBSD man pages.

Try looking here though, Damien seems to be the author of the driver.

EDIT: http://www.clearchain.com/wiki/Iwn -- "A majorly updated version of the iwn driver has been committed to FreeBSD -Current (aka 8.0)"

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Ah, interesting. I'm pretty new to FreeBSD (installed it for the first time on my MacBook a couple months back and pretty much fell in love), so I'm not sure I really want to deal with -CURRENT.

Not knowing a whole lot about the FreeBSD development cycle, does the fact that the drivers are in -CURRENT (which, as I understand it, is basically the development branch that will be released as 8.0) mean it's unlikely that they'll appear in -STABLE any time soon?

Or should I just be able to install from source (something I'm definitely not afraid of doing)?
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Old 23rd May 2008
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Not knowing a whole lot about the FreeBSD development cycle, does the fact that the drivers are in -CURRENT (which, as I understand it, is basically the development branch that will be released as 8.0) mean it's unlikely that they'll appear in -STABLE any time soon?
Depends on developers interest in porting it to 6. STABLE/7. STABLE.
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Makes sense.

At the moment I'm leaning towards running Linux on it for the drivers, but I hear they aren't very stable yet. :/
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Yeah, looks like I'll be running Gentoo on the ThinkPad for now. Oh well.
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