[Fedora-packaging] Firmware packaging

Matt Domsch Matt_Domsch at dell.com
Tue Feb 13 17:27:00 UTC 2007

On Tue, Feb 13, 2007 at 12:20:31PM -0500, Jon Masters wrote:
> Actually, logically these folks are doing the right thing.
> Having firmware *in* the hardware works when you've got years to design 
> the hardware and then have guaranteed sales for years after that. But, 
> these days, hardware manufacturers need to make rapid changes and fix 
> bugs/add new features after release. Not allowing them to do that is 
> like saying "you can never release an update for F7, no matter what 
> breaks" - it's not realistic :-)
> So, actually, we should be working to make using loadable firmware 
> easier - because it's going to become much *much* more common.

in other words, from a manufacturer's perspective, disk space is less
expensive than flash, because the customer pays for the disk, where
you pay for the flash. :-)

Matt Domsch
Software Architect
Dell Linux Solutions linux.dell.com & www.dell.com/linux
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