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I have a laptop with a broadcom BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n wireless adapter and its using the proprietary STA drivers (perfectly), however I thought broadcom released open source drivers and that they would be included in Maverick (as according to here). How do I activate these?

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They weren't included in Maverick proper due to the timing of release. As Jeremy stated, they're being considered for inclusion as part of upstream compat-wireless, and they have not yet landed in compat-wireless (they're only in staging currently), hence they have not landed in linux-backports-modules-2.6.35 yet. (You can track the Ubuntu Maverick git tree.)

So, the short answer is that as of today they're unavailable, so you can't easily apt-get install them from an official Ubuntu Maverick repository. Please be patient. (Alternately, you could compile the drivers in staging manually, but that's beyond the scope of this question.)

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That makes a load of sense, I had misunderstood Jeremy comments about compat-wireless to meaning the maverick version and not the upstream package. Thanks! – Nick HS Dec 8 '10 at 7:54

You can install them manually, they are available.

Git the files - git:// And they're located in /drivers/staging/brcm80211

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Thanks! I was already doing so but I was hoping there was wondering if there was an easier way to go about it. – Nick HS Dec 8 '10 at 7:57

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