Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat 2.6.38 kernel vs Broadcom STA linux driver

Feel free to install pre-released version of ubuntu kernel into the current!

Today, my Ubuntu popped up if I’d like to upgrade to 11.04 Natty Narwhal, and no, for a bit of time, I’m truly sure, I don’t. But what I do want is the 200 lines magic patched kernel of Natty, so I gave a shoot.

Download it from Ubuntu Kernel PPA1:

After downloading, install them with dpkg -i *.deb.

But, after adding I also wanted to compile Broadcom STA driver, since the Ubuntu version is only 5.60, and the latest is 5.100, and there’s a really large difference.

During the compilation, a received the following error:

src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:485: error: implicit declaration of function ‘init_MUTEX'

After a bit of searching around, I’ve found a simple solution on Linux Mint forums2:

"I solved the problem by changing line 487 from
sema_init(&wl->sem, 1);"

And hey, it does solve the problem!

I do feel one more step closer to Linux Mint Debian Edition, Unity just tastes like Windows 7 tasted, and Windows 7 made me change into linux only machine. Maybe Unity will blow me to a Debian rolling edition.

  1. http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/

  2. http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=141&t=57056&p=378103

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