Feature changed by: Martin Seidler (pistazienfresser)
Feature #306619, revision 21
Title: open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards
openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
reject date: 2010-11-15 09:46:54
reject reason: Not done in time for openSUSE 11.2.
openSUSE-11.3: Rejected by Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
reject date: 2010-11-15 09:47:47
reject reason: Not done in time for openSUSE 11.3.
Requested by: Mariusz Fik (fisiu)
Product Manager: (Novell)
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It could be fine to ship openSUSE 11.2 with open firmware for broadcom
wifi cards. Then, some cards will work out-of-box. For this chips
currently unsupported we still have "install_bcm43xx_firmware". Known
supported boards until now: 4306, 4311(rev1), 4318 and 4320
+ - Include brcm80211 driver/firmware into openSUSE 11.4 (feature/id:
+ - Include firmware for wireless broadcom devices (even non-oss) like
+ Microsoft true type fonts installer (feature/id: 311198)
#1: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2009-07-10 12:13:31)
Jiri, can we add this?
#6: Axel Braun (docb) (2009-07-13 23:02:51)
Open firmware is as well available for some prism chipsets, see prism54.
#9: Drew Kwashnak (dragonbite) (2010-01-08 17:28:30)
Fedora 12 includes OpenFWWF and my broadcom BCM 4309 was detected out
of the box. Also, it has had a better connection than the regular
method (fwcutter) and comparable or superios to Windows all on the same
box. I have not had a dropped connection yet, while the fwcutter does
every so often.
This would greatly enhance the "out-of-the-box" experience as well as
promote the open source options over the current proprietary method.
Also agree, the existing method can be in place for those that are not
#10: Mariusz Fik (fisiu) (2010-03-23 14:30:11)
Any chance to include it into openSUSE 11.3?
#11: Rastislav Krupansky (ra100) (2010-03-23 21:51:28)
If OpenFWWF works "out-of-the-box" and it has better connection than
b43, i vote for this feature. Why isn´t yet included in openSUSE? We
have to still use "install_bcm43xx_firmware" command for working wifi,
and i don´t know, whether there is progress in bug 554823 - automate
#12: Mariusz Fik (fisiu) (2010-03-24 04:25:46)
I did an initial package for openSUSE 11.2 and Factory. It's available
in my home repo in noarch:
Package is named 'b43-openfwwf'. b43-tools is needed only to build
firmware so it's not published.
All suggestions are welcome :)
If You think this package is good enough I'll make a request for
#13: Vladimir Botka (vbotka) (2010-03-30 11:41:09)
I have accepted the packages prliminary into the driver:wireless. The
license states GPL v.2 . The issue is tracked also in
. Ciaran, can we
distribute the b43-openfwwf package "bona fide" ?