Using GeoClue to send a Linux wireless regulatory hint
hintak.leung at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 04:17:26 PDT 2009
I thought the reason for using GeoClue is to cater for frequent
travellers who can cross timezone (and not neccesarily reset their
laptop's computer/clock for it)? So it is orthogonal to one-off static
setup where the computer mostly stay in the same country/location. Is
there an iw/cfg80211 interface/field for regulatory info? AFAIK there
isn't in wext, but that's on its way out and probably not important...
On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 2:10 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez<mcgrof at gmail.com> wrote:
> The GSoC project to integrate GeoClue to GNOME and eventually send
> regulatory hint information to the kernel  will not be completed
> through GSoC. Since I am not sure if the student will be interested in
> following up on this project idea outside the scope of GSoC I'm
> looking for advice to better get an idea of what it is exactly we
> should be looking forward to change to get information to the kernel
> to enhance regulatory support using GeoClue. At the very least I'd
> like to come to some conclusion as to where it is best to put software
> to send information to the kernel to help distributions.
> The current best alternative I've seen is to read the current timezone
> information and extract the country from that. That is how John
> implemented it for Fedora. This may be enough but GeoClue should
> provide better accuracy. All we need in the kernel is to determine the
> country you are on. The user can obviously set this themselves during
> a distribution install, but it may make sense to just use GeoClue for
> this. Under the assumption that using GeoClue is the way to go how
> should we do this?
> For the GSoC project I was initially suggesting for Network Manager to
> get GeoClue integration and then have Network Manager send the
> regulatory hint once a country was determined through either user
> input or through GeoClue magic. After some discussions with Jouni
> about this he convinced me this may not be the best place for this. So
> if not Network Manager, where? Do we want a GNOME location aware panel
> under System->Administration? Is it as simple as that? If not are
> there any other suggestions?
> If you fwd this to another list for discussion please do CC me.
>  http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/GSoC/2009/GeoClue_regulatory
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