broadcom wireless worked out of the box

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at
Wed Oct 14 16:30:42 UTC 2009

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 5:05 PM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at> wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Oct 2009, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>> On Wed, 2009-10-14 at 11:44 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>> >   as a radical departure from my normal whinging about stuff that
>> > *doesn't* work, i was thrilled to see that broadcom wireless worked
>> > right away with no extra help from me.  i'm assuming that was
>> > *supposed* to happen, yes?  so i don't need to go thru the normal
>> > downloading of firmware, fwcutting and so on, correct?
>> "If it works, don't fix it".
>  oh, i'm not going to mess with what works.  all i'm saying is that
> the online sites that explain how to get broadcom wireless going under
> f10 and f11, like this:
> appear to be superfluous, is that correct?
>  actually, upon closer inspection, i can see the directory
> /lib/firmware/b43, and rpm tells me it's part of the b43-openfwwf
> package, so can i assume that's why it just plain works in f12?  i
> don't recall that package from earlier releases.

Its been introduced in the F-12 rawhide time frame but is available in
F-11 (and possibly F-10) repos.


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