[Fedora-packaging] Re: Firmware packaging, v2
Matt_Domsch at dell.com
Sun Feb 25 22:13:20 UTC 2007
On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 11:56:36AM +0100, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> On 23.02.2007 11:35, Axel Thimm wrote:
> >On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 10:51:18AM +0100, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> >>On 23.02.2007 10:32, Axel Thimm wrote:
> >>>I think what you want is to quickly select firmware packages. Maybe
> >>>that's better done with having firmwares always prefix the package
> >>>name instead with "firmware-"?
> >>Sound like a nice idea to me.
> >>BTW, do we have a definite description of what a firmware is
> >does that fit?
> Well, sure, but writing a single sentence like
> >>(and what not). Something like "A firmware is uploaded to the flash
> >>of a hardware device and executed there *and not* by the operating
> >>system on the host cpu"
> might be helpful without much work afaics. Especially the part "not
> executed by the operating system on the host cpu" -- that part it not
> that obvious in the wikipedia article, but important for us afaics.
Just to re-interate that...
see fwupdate.com for Dell system BIOS RPMs. Distributable, not
modifiable, executed on the host CPU.
Name : system_bios_Precision_370 Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version : a08 Vendor: Dell
Release : 15.1 Build Date: Mon 12 Feb 2007 10:34:36 AM CST
Install Date: Sat 24 Feb 2007 07:35:41 PM CST Build Host: mdomsch-pe2850
Group : System Environment/Base Source RPM: system_bios_Precision_370-a08-15.1.src.rpm
Size : 459333 License: Proprietary
Signature : DSA/SHA1, Tue 13 Feb 2007 12:39:37 PM CST, Key ID e74433e25e3d7775
Summary : BIOS upgrade package for System: Precision_370
This package contains BIOS update version a08 for System Precision_370
One can argue Fedora shouldn't be in the business of distributing
these, and I'd agree. (related to another thread on FAB, there
shouldn't be a problem with a hardware distributor adding a package to
their installs that provides a yum repo file pointing at their tree of
I personally like using the license tag to describe rules such as
"proprietary, not modifiable, redistributable" rather than overloading
the name. In this case, we named them system_bios*, pci_firmware*,
and other names that are descriptive.
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