Bug 161309 - Nofication of missing firmware
Nofication of missing firmware
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: hal (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Bill Nottingham
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Reported: 2005-06-22 06:39 EDT by Russell Strong
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:54 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-05-30 07:45:18 EDT
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Description Russell Strong 2005-06-22 06:39:33 EDT
Description of problem:

I have a Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG which is supported. However the
firmware is missing. Took me a couple of hours to remember that I need to go get

It would be nice if the installer would inform me about hardware that could be
supported except for non-free firmware that's not included in the installation set.

You could also include a bit of information on why it's not supported and why
that's important.

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Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2005-06-22 11:47:06 EDT
OK, so, that's Hard(tm).

Realistically, what you'd need is the following:

- the event of no-firmware-found is propagated via HAL
- HAL catches this and throws up a dialog that does something

Right now, we have neither of those; I'm not even sure the infrastructure is
there for the second one.
Comment 2 David Zeuthen 2005-06-22 13:59:33 EDT
It's feasible; I want to do this for fc5 but what the kernel gives us right now
is crap (e.g. a driver may ask for several different files and still work if it
just finds one of them. Sigh.

Comment 3 Hans de Goede 2007-03-13 08:52:30 EDT
I think this can be closed as Fedora 7 will have the firmware out of the box.
Comment 4 Rahul Sundaram 2007-03-13 08:58:48 EDT
(In reply to comment #3)
> I think this can be closed as Fedora 7 will have the firmware out of the box.

Not all firmware. Only those with clear redistribution rights. Rest of them
would probably need good notification mechanism still. 
Comment 5 Richard Hughes 2008-05-30 07:45:18 EDT
Yup, we now handle this with PackageKit, although I would argue we should just
ship all free firmware by default anyway...

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