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Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes

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Are you an Ubuntu Linux user on either Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy - unreleased, in testing) or 20.04 LTS (Focal - the current release)? The Ubuntu Foundations Team needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes.

They're looking at replacing the currently widely used wpa_supplicant for iwd (iNet Wireless Daemon) a more modern upcoming solution which was written by Intel. According to Lukas Märdian, a software engineer for the Ubuntu Foundations Team it would give these benefits:

  • Simplification of network management
  • Faster network discovery
  • Fast and reliable roaming
  • Using less system resources
  • Using features offered by the Linux kernel
  • Support for enterprise security methods like EAP
  • Support for kernel asymmetric key rings and trusted platform modules (TPM)
  • Support for multiple clients

In the most recent updates to iwd it's apparently reaching feature parity with wpa_supplicant but it needs more testing. Something as major as messing with WiFI can have a lot of unintended side-effects, so getting plenty of testing done on a possible switch over is a good idea. From watching your favourite streaming services, to downloading and playing games online which is obviously important to us here.

Want to help? Find out how to test it from this linked post.

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Nanobang 16 Aug
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: NanobangIs iwd even open source?

I love Ubuntu, but gawds it makes me crazy sometimes.

Quoting: tuubiIt wouldn't have a damn git repo on if it wasn't open source, now would it?

Frankly, I don't know.

I did follow links there from Liam's article; I know nothing about --- and really, still don't; though I looked at the page you linked. I didn't see anything about what license iwd was or wasn't being released under, I made no decisions one way or another. What I did see on that page, at the very top was:
QuoteCopyright (C) 2013-2019 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.

Quoting: tuubiiwd is simply better than wpa_supplicant

Thanks for telling me that, I'll just take your word for that then, shall I? Because Lukas Märdian's post quite clearly states that iwd hasn't even fully reached feature parity with wpa_supplicant, that iwd merely offers "potential benefits" over wpa_supplicant. I didn't say iwd isn't better, just that that's not what's being stated.

Quoting: tuubiNote that this isn't a Canonical project.

Yeah, I got that it's Intel's thing, but the decision to use it is being made by the same Canonical cum Ubuntu crew that's given us all those previous NIH moments you mentioned.

Last edited by Nanobang on 16 August 2020 at 2:54 pm UTC
tuubi 16 Aug
Quoting: NanobangWhat I did see on that page, at the very top was:
QuoteCopyright (C) 2013-2019 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
Intel has created and owns the copyright to the iwd codebase, but the actual license is GPL 2.1.
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