Intel plans Linux support for Centrino

Intel is working on Linux support for Centrino, its package of chips for mobile computers with wireless networking abilities, but the company hasn't yet decided how or when to release it. Although the Linux support software for Centrino is working at Intel's labs, it hasn't been fully tested and full completion of the project hinges on the timing of requirements from computer makers, company spokesman Scott McLaughlin said Monday.

Centrino is a bundle of chips for mobile computers, including the Pentium M processor code-named Banias, a chipset, and a wireless networking chip tested by Intel. To support all the Centrino capabilities, Linux or other operating systems need software modules called "drivers" that enable the use of specific hardware such as printers, graphics accelerators or wireless networking chips.

"Intel has tested Linux on Intel Centrino mobile technology-based systems in our labs," McLaughlin said. "Final validation will be based on customer demand and timing, but we expect complete Linux driver support for the Intel Centrino mobile technology."

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