Broadcom (which of these two drivers is best?)

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-mbmalone-
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Broadcom (which of these two drivers is best?)

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What is the difference between using the broadcom-sta-dkms or the alternate bcmwl-kernel-source?

broadcom-sta-dkms_6.30.223.271-12_all.deb or bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271+bdcom-0ubuntu5_amd64.deb ?

For my needs, the broadcom-sta-dkms was recommended but not included with the Linux 20 installation media. The bcmwl-kernel-source was included, but is not automatically installed. I understand that the firmware is proprietary, but is the proprietary version superior?

They both work, but is one better than the other?
Bluetooth still isn't going to work until I install the firmware for that, so it isn't like I don't have to mess with the driver, no matter which I choose.

broadcom-sta-dkms
dkms source for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver
broadcom-sta-dkms_6.30.223.271-12_all.deb

or the alternate

bcmwl-kernel-source
Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver source
bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.271+bdcom-0ubuntu5_amd64.deb

$ lspci -nn -d 14e4:
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
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Re: Broadcom (which of these two drivers is best?)

Post by sleeper12 »

Best I can find is this:

"According to the Community Wiki for the Broadcom drivers states the following:

The propietary Broadcom STA Wireless driver is maintained upstream by Broadcom. As this driver is closed source, fixes in the driver itself may only be provided by Broadcom. As a convenience, Ubuntu offers two versions of this driver:

1. The bcmwl-kernel-source package aims to offer a later version for a given release. Instructions for installation may be found later in this article.

2.The broadcom-sta package aims to offer an earlier version for a given release. For further installation instructions, please see here."

source: https://askubuntu.com/questions/978589/ ... m-sta-dkms
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Re: Broadcom (which of these two drivers is best?)

Post by sleeper12 »

To answer your question, I'd go with the bcmwl-kernel-source.
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