absurd: network connection required to obtain a network driver

Przemysław Kulczycki przemekkulczycki at gmail.com
Thu Jul 3 18:14:09 UTC 2008


Owners of Broadcom 43xx cards are in a very unpleasant situation when 
they want to install Ubuntu on their laptops/PCs because Ubuntu requires 
a network connection to fetch the firmware for the b43/bcm43xx driver.

If you don't have another network interface then you're stuck and have 
to use another computer or another operating system.
The b43-fwcutter downloads 2 files from openwrt.org:
http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
and http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
Maybe the guys from openwrt.org could be asked if redistribution of 
these files is possible? If not, then maybe Canonical could ask Broadcom 
for permission to redistribute these files?
If Ubuntu 8.10 is said to have pervasive network access then we should 
take care about this issue.

See bug #29566
https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hw-detect/+bug/29566
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