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open firmware for some broadcom wifi cards

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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



icons/user_comment.png A. J. wrote: (9 years ago)

Jiri, can we add this?

icons/user_comment.png A. B. wrote: (9 years ago)

Open firmware is as well available for some prism chipsets, see prism54.org

icons/user_comment.png D. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

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.

icons/user_comment.png M. F. wrote: (8 years ago)

Any chance to include it into openSUSE 11.3?

icons/user_comment.png R. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

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.

icons/user_comment.png M. F. wrote: (8 years ago)

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.

icons/user_comment.png V. B. wrote: (8 years ago)

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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