September 30, 2020

Ubuntu is considering using Intel’s IWD to provide better WiFi support

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Ubuntu developers are considering using Intel IWD as the iNET wireless daemon to replace WPA_Supplicant and provide a better WiFi experience.

Intel’s open-source team has been developing IWD to replace WPA_Supplicant, and recently Ubuntu developers found that it has implemented most of the functions of WPA_Supplicant, and the level is comparable.

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In contrast, IWD has faster network discovery capabilities, more reliable roaming, and less system resource usage. At the same time, it utilizes modern Linux kernel functions to provide support for enterprise security functions and can support multiple clients, also simplify network management.

The developer hopes to evaluate the stability and usability of IWD in the wider Ubuntu community and is currently looking for users in the daily builds of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.10 to try to handle their WiFi connections.