Freedom Issue #2909

Updated by bill-auger 4 months ago

We ship the fwupd package unmodified from the various archlinux GNU/Linux distributions.

On i686 it comes from community:
$ pacman -sS fwupd
community/fwupd 1.4.6-1.0 [installed]
Simple daemon to allow session software to update firmware
community/gnome-firmware 3.36.0-2.0
Manage firmware on devices supported by fwupd

fwupd is a daemon that is meant to update various firmwares[1] regardless of if they are free or not.

So it's a bit like a package manager for firmwares.

So if it has not been done already, it would be a good idea to check if its configuration is ok or not.

As at least one firmware (for the color huges if I recall the name well) is free software and known to be available through this system, so it might be a good idea to check if free firmwares are completely ok and keep such firmwares if that's easy to do.

fn1. Here firmware means code that is in various devices and not part of the operating system, so from SSD firmwares to even BIOS/UEFI.