[Lucid-LBM] SRU: Add backported qcserial driver [Maverick-RFC]

Stefan Bader stefan.bader at canonical.com
Tue Aug 3 16:57:51 UTC 2010

On 08/02/2010 03:27 PM, Tim Gardner wrote:
> On 07/31/2010 04:37 AM, Stefan Bader wrote:
>> SRU justification:
>> Impact: Certain models of 3G hardware (Gobi) which apparently are quite
>> common, require several changes to work. First, the kernel module needs
>> to be updated, which requires larger modifications. Second, a new firm-
>> ware loader is required together with a matching udev rule.
>> Fix: In order to prevent regressions, the driver backport was done in
>> LBM and also adds a new binary subpackage (lbm-wwan). This package also
>> contains the loader and the udev rule.
>> NOTE! The drivers also requires firmware files which need to be manually
>> gathered as they are not redistributable.
>> Testcase: Without this backport no 3G connections are possible. Sevral
>> users in the bug report had successfully used the driver from the test
>> package after collecting the required firmware files.
>> RFC Maverick:
>> The kernel parts are already in Maverick. But the firmware loader and the
>> udev rule would need to get packaged somewhere. I am not sure this still
>> can be done in time, so maybe the userspace part would need to go into
>> Maverick's LBM. Though it sounds a bit unclean.
>> For future releases it would be valuable to evaluate whether the firmware
>> might be acquired semi-automatically via fw-cutter.
> If there are no kernel components for Maverick, then perhaps the loader
> and udev rule should just be a Universe package. Are you thinking about
> doing it?

The package gobi-loader has been accepted for Maverick.

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