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[openFATE 306619] open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards
  • From: fate_noreply@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 04:25:50 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <feature-306619-17@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Feature changed by: Mariusz Fik (Fisiu)
Feature #306619, revision 17
Title: open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards

openSUSE-11.2: Evaluation
Priority
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.3: Unconfirmed
Priority
Requester: Important

Requested by: Mariusz Fik (fisiu)

Description:
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
http://www.ing.unibs.it/openfwwf/ (http://www.ing.unibs.it/openfwwf/)

Discussion:
#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.
org

#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
supported.

#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
b43-fwcutter.

+ #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:
+ http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Fisiu/
+ (http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Fisiu/)
+ 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
+ Factory oss.



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