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[openFATE 306619] open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards
Feature changed by: Stefan Behlert (sbehlert)
Feature #306619, revision 22
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.
Priority
Requester: Important

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.
Priority
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.4: New
Priority
Requester: Important

Requested by: Mariusz Fik (fisiu)
Product Manager: (Novell)
- Project Manager: Jiri Benc (jbenc)
Technical Contact: (Novell)
Partner organization: openSUSE.org

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/)

Relations:
- Include brcm80211 driver/firmware into openSUSE 11.4 (feature/id:
311196)
- Include firmware for wireless broadcom devices (even non-oss) like
Microsoft true type fonts installer (feature/id: 311198)

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.

#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
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=554823#c13 . Ciaran, can we
distribute the b43-openfwwf package "bona fide" ?




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