I just sat in on a conference call as a representative (by default, since no one else called in) of the Linux ath5k community, with Atheros, makers of my MacBook’s wireless ethernet card. Atheros have really done a 180 for supporting the community, first by releasing ath9k, then by releasing the source to their previously-closed HAL last week. Thanks to that, 6 patches have already gone out fixing various problems. BTW, conference calls are just as pointless in the OSS community as they are in real life. But at least I did learn that it is pronounced “uh-THERE-ose”, not “ATH-er-ose.”
Buy laptops with Atheros wireless cards!