UBUNTU: LP#438323 Added omnibook module to support Toshiba (HP)

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com
Thu Oct 1 15:32:51 UTC 2009

Andy Whitcroft wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 04:33:51PM -0500, Manoj Iyer wrote:
>> This patch add the omnibook module to ubuntu/ I built and tested this on 
>> my NB200 and it enables bluetooth. This module is known to fix buttons, 
>> battery, etc on HP & Toshiba laptops. The module is under development and 
>> it is not upstream yet. It will be good to add under ubuntu/ for karmic as 
>> this is relatively harmless, and extends support for devices that will 
>> otherwise not be supported at all.
> "realtively harmless"?  This appears to be a complete platform driver
> for all Toshiba and all HP laptops, 116 laptops to be precise:
>     apw at dm$ git show lp438323 | grep .ident\ = | wc -l
>     116
> I presume you can not have tested this on most of these.  This driver
> does look to support wifi rfkill, backlight control, hotkeys etc.
> Now Toshiba hotkeys, well Toshiba in general is a pain point so this could
> be beneficial.  But at this stage in the cycle the chances of regression
> seems very high as it applies to _so_ many laptops.
>>   60 files changed, 11124 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> Also given its giant size and wide applicability I am uncomfortable pulling
> this into Karmic at this stage of the release.
> This does appear to be a self contained compile and might be suitable
> for turning into a DKMS package perhaps, this would allow people to test
> it on a wider range of laptops?
> -apw

I am in total agreement with Andy. For now DKMS seems like a reasonable

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com

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