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Submission + - FSF certifies Atheros-based ThinkPenguin 802.11 N USB adapter ( 1

gnujoshua writes: You may recall that last Fall, the LulzBot AO-100 3D printer was awarded the use of the Free Software Foundation's Respects Your Freedom certification mark. Today, the FSF announced certification of the ThinkPenguin TPE-N150USB, Wireless N USB Adapter, which uses the Atheros ARAR9271 chip. The FSF's RYF certification requirements are focused on the software (not the hardware designs) of a product, which in this case was primarily the device firmware and ath9k-htc module in the Linux-libre kernel.

The submitter of this story hopes you will overlook the fact that he works for the FSF, but more importantly, that you will notice cool story that is within this story... which is that the firmware for the Atheros AR9271 chipset was released as a result of a small device seller (ThinkPenguin) striking a deal with a large electronic device manufacturer (Qualcomm Atheros) to build a WLAN USB adapter that shipped with 100% free software firmware. This deal was possible largely because two motivated Qualcomm Atheros employees, Adrian Chadd and Luis Rodriguez, made the internal-push to get the firmware released as free software.

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FSF certifies Atheros-based ThinkPenguin 802.11 N USB adapter

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            64/128/152-bit WEP encryption
            802.1x authentication
            AES-CCM & TKIP encryption


    No WPA2?

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