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[openFATE 306619] open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards
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  • Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:41:21 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <feature-306619-18@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Feature changed by: Vladimir Botka (vbotka)
Feature #306619, revision 18
Title: open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards

openSUSE-11.2: Evaluation
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.3: Unconfirmed
Requester: Important

Requested by: Mariusz Fik (fisiu)

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 (

#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
Factory oss.

+ #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" ?

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