Fedora 8 ideas

Jarod Wilson jwilson at redhat.com
Thu Jun 7 15:37:17 UTC 2007

Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Goede, J.W.R. de (j.w.r.degoede at hhs.nl) said: 
>> 2 Firmware buddy
>> ================
>> Here is what I would like to see (and would be willing to
>> write code for):
>> 1) A firmware load request is send to userspace
>> 2) When the userspace firmware helper cannot find this
>>    firmware, it logs this to a missing-firmware file.
>> 3) When the user logs in, a firmware-helper-applet runs
>> 4) If there is missing firmware and a working internet
>>    connection, the applet becomes active, otherwise it
>> exits
>> 5) The applet looksup the firmware name in a table which
>>    matches it to a device-identifier.
>> 6) The applet looksup manufacturers + productnames (as seen
>>    on the box/outside) of device-identifier devices.
>> 7) The applet shows a gui to the user explaining that 
>>    firmware is needed for his XXXXX (ex. wireless card) to
>>    work, and asks him to select the manufacturer and
>> product
>>    of his XXXXX.
>> 8) The applet downloads the windows-driver from the
>>    manufacturers websites and runs a special (per driver)
>>    shell script to extract the firmware
>> 9) The user is told to reboot (or do something else to
>>    get the device re-initialised).
> What cards is this useful for that we don't ship firmware
> for? Anything other than bcm43xx and ralink?

A number of dvb and v4l devices also require firmware that we don't ship.

Jarod Wilson
jwilson at redhat.com

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