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Re: Adding firmware to FSD

From: David Hedlund
Subject: Re: Adding firmware to FSD
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 12:55:26 +0200
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On 2021-10-11 11:23, Yuchen Pei wrote:

David Hedlund <> writes:

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. " - is the
source package used to build

Thanks.  A problem with using the debian name is other distros may use different names.  For example the guix package of the same firmware is called ath9k-htc-firmware[1].  This is why I think using the "official" name is better.  Perhaps there's a way in an FSD entry to map a piece of software to corresponding packages in various distros?

That is an interesting idea. I added your suggestion to


Not sure if this has been discussed before, but regarding John's remark, this firmware, together with many others are in the linux-firmware repo[2], which seems to be not part of the kernel, so perhaps it makes sense to add it to FSD:


I listed linux-libre-firmware and firmware-linux-free at

Can you please add this to the main page of



We'll add content to them soon.

BTW, I'm not sure if the email address is still used by anyone.  If you feel like a message is relevant to h-node, please cc instead.  That is the mailing list we are using for and h-source (the server application of

I found "" at -- Should it be change on that page?

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