[driverloader-announce] DriverLoader 1.2 released

Marc Boucher marc at linuxant.com
Mon Oct 27 07:37:39 EST 2003

(everyone using bcmwl5driverloader - and especially those who encountered
difficulties - should upgrade to DriverLoader 1.2 -Marc)


MONTREAL, QC Oct. 27, 2003 - Linuxant inc., a world-class supplier of
consulting, software development and professional support services is
announcing the immediate availability of DriverLoader 1.2, a
revolutionary compatibility-wrapper allowing standard Windows NDIS
(Network Driver Interface Specification) drivers shipped by hardware
vendors to be used as-is on Linux x86 systems.

The main highlight of this new release is significant compatibility
improvements with simultaneous support for multiple Windows drivers.
DriverLoader 1.2 now supports Intel PRO/Wireless (Centrino),
Intersil Prism GT/Duette/Indigo, Broadcom, Atheros, and other
Wireless LAN drivers for Windows.

Linuxant is committed to continue improving DriverLoader so that it becomes a
fully compatible generic solution capable of running the majority of Windows
NDIS drivers.

DriverLoader technology is the ideal Linux solution to support devices for
which no adequate native open-source drivers are available. It also allows
vendors to drastically reduce time to market or eliminate the need to support
multiple drivers for Windows and Linux. By using the same NDIS driver on both
platforms, significant resources can be saved. All Linux-specific code in
DriverLoader remains open-source, allowing it to be used under any supported
version of the kernel.

Thanks to DriverLoader, owners of Wireless LAN devices (CardBus and PCI) with
compatible Windows drivers can now use their devices under Linux, enjoying the
full speed of the latest Wireless LAN technology with the freedom of the
renowned open-source operating-system.

DriverLoader packages can be downloaded from Linuxant's web site at no cost*.
The software is easy to install on standard Linux distributions (RedHat, SuSE,
Mandrake, Debian, and derivatives) with any recent 2.4 or 2.6 kernel, and
includes a user-friendly Web-based configuration system.

Vendors interested in using DriverLoader technology to enable their products
under Linux should contact services at linuxant.com.

For more information or to download your copy of DriverLoader, please go to


About Linuxant
Linuxant is a world-class supplier of consulting, software development and
professional support services. Linuxant works closely with leading vendors and
OEMs of semiconductor, PC, embedded and communication/wireless products, as
well as with companies in other industries, providing technological expertise
and solutions to maximize the potential of Linux and open-source. Additionally,
Linuxant develops and distributes specialized system software, such as device
drivers for specific applications.

* Linuxant is happy to provide free trial DriverLoader licenses, while
discussions are under way with hardware vendors to finance development costs.
Linuxant hopes that DriverLoader will remain free for end-users.

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