James Ketrenos (the ipw2xxx maintainer) was running a BOF to get input on ideas for a new wireless kernel configuration API from the Linux community.
Due to excessive coding (see in some different entry of this journal), Patrick and me came in a bit late. We tried to convince the audience that netlink was the way to go, and that the current ioctl() interface could be served by some compatibility layer that converts the ioctl's to netlink messages.
Also, I raised the requirement for integrating this config interface with a unified userspace interface for association and authentication (i.e. management frames).
Unfortunately James had to leave quite early, so we couldn't finish the discussion in a more detailed way in a smaller group.