[driverloader-announce] Linuxant adds Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) support to DriverLoader

Marc Boucher marc at linuxant.com
Sun Dec 14 00:42:03 EST 2003


Please see the official press release below for details.




MONTREAL, QC Dec. 14, 2003 - Linuxant inc., a world-class supplier of
consulting, software development and professional support services is
announcing the immediate availability of DriverLoader 1.50, featuring
state-of-the-art Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security.

DriverLoader is 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.

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a standard promoted by the Wi-Fi Alliance, to
overcome the vulnerabilities of Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), the traditional
mechanism for interoperable Wi-Fi security. WPA provides users with the
confidence that their data will remain protected and that only those authorized
can access the network, by using the 802.1x standard for port based network
access control and the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) or the Advanced
Encryption Standard (AES) for encryption.

Thanks to DriverLoader and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), 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,
without exposing sensitive data to the weaknesses of WEP.

The latest release of DriverLoader can be downloaded from Linuxant's web site
and also features stability improvements and compatibility with Intel
PRO/Wireless (Centrino), Broadcom, Intersil Prism GT/Duette/Indigo, Cisco,
Realtek, Texas Instruments, Atheros, and other Wireless LAN drivers for

Linuxant is committed to continue improving DriverLoader as it becomes a fully
compatible generic wrapper capable of running the majority of Windows NDIS

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.

DriverLoader packages can be downloaded from Linuxant's web site. 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. Current users of DriverLoader can
upgrade to the latest version at no charge.

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 and DriverLoader are trademarks of Linuxant inc.
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