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Re: Adding firmware to FSD

From: David Hedlund
Subject: Re: Adding firmware to FSD
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 17:01:52 +0200
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On 2021-10-09 16:54, David Hedlund wrote:

On 2021-10-09 14:03, Yuchen Pei wrote:

David Hedlund <> writes:

On 2021-10-01 20:09, Craig Topham wrote:

On 9/24/21 3:51 AM, Yuchen Pei wrote:

Does it make sense to start a collection on free firmware? One can
start by adding items appearing on say
<> to the directory.

If we add some info of firmware for hardware entries on,
then the two wikis can link to each other: hardware entries on h-node
can link to firmware entries on FSD and vice versa. :)

What do you think?

I think this is a good idea. Having the two wikis interlinked will bring
more attention to both. I am not sure a new collection is necessary (at
this time). After looking at the current Collections, it seems we need
to do a little house cleaning (and hone the purpose of collections)
before we create more. If a specific h-node hardware runs on a free
firmware, then that firmware should be vetted, added to the FSD, and
linked from h-node with a link (in the description?) to h-node from the
FSD entry. Example: <>



To H-node:

"free driver used:*ath9k_htc*" -

Could state this in addition: "Depends on non-Linux driver/firmware:
[ ]

[ firmware-ath9k-htc] or

Should not be added: [ firmware-atheros] -- nonfree firmware

I forgot to add the link text, sorry.

Thanks for the links.  Shouldn't we use the "open-ath9k-htc-firmware" name for the fsd firmware entry since that is the name of the project appearing on its repo <>?

It seems that there are two packages available for the ath9k_htc is a Linux kernel driver (I linked to both above): "Firmware is required, which can be provided by installing the firmware-atheros package. Open firmware for this driver is also available in the firmware-ath9k-htc package starting from Buster. " -

Sorry, firmware-atheros is nonfree. Only firmware-ath9k-htc is free (found in the main repo: is the source package used to build

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