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Bug#513974: Fwd: ITP: openfwwf -- Open Firmware for Broadcom b43 wlan devices

Package: wnpp
Owner: "Stefan Lippers-Hollmann" <s.l-h@gmx.de>
Severity: wishlist
X-Debbugs-CC: Rene Engelhard <rene@debian.org>

* Package name    : openfwwf
  Version         : 5.1
  Upstream Author : Lorenzo Nava <navalorenx@gmail.com>
                    Francesco Gringoli <francesco.gringoli@ing.unibs.it>
                    Michael Buesch <mb@bu3sch.de>
                    University of Brescia
* URL             : http://www.ing.unibs.it/openfwwf/
* License         : GPL-2
  Programming Lang: assembler (b43-asm)
  Description     : Open firmware for Broadcom BCM43xx (b43) wlan devices
 This package contains the open source firmware alternative for Broadcom
 AirForce BCM43xx wireless lan chipsets, which can be used in combination
 with the in-kernel b43 module of kernel 2.6.30 or above.
 Known supported boards:
  * BCM4306
  * BCM4311/1
  * BCM4318
  * BCM4320

This package build-depends on b43-asm, which is the required assembler to build
the binary microcode for Broadcom AirForce BCM43xx wlan chipsets with a core 
revision >= 5. OpenFWWF in this packaging form requires kernel >=2.6.30 
(current wireless-testing) to function without further changes, as the 
following commit[1] is required to look for the firmware at 
/etc/modprobe.d/openfwwf/ (and to disable hardware encryption automatically).
Testing on kernel >= 2.6.25 should succeed by symlinking /lib/firmware/b43/
to /lib/firmware/b43-open/ (attention, this would clash with b43-fwcutter!) 
and adding "options b43 nohwcrypt=1 qos=0" to /etc/modprobe.d/openfwwf.

A preliminary packaging (tested with BCM4306 and a patched kernel 2.6.28) 
can be found at:
	Vcs-Svn: svn://svn.berlios.de/fullstory/openfwwf/trunk
	Vcs-Browser: http://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/fullstory/openfwwf/trunk/

Given that the development of OpenFWWF is currently very active, team 
maintenance would be ideal and moving the project to alioth or adding 
additional developers to the current subversion repository should be 
considered. CC'ing the b43-fwcutter maintainer as requested.

The following information explains the current limitations of OpenFWWF and
their influence on the packaging.

	Stefan Lippers-Hollmann

[1]	http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/linville/wireless-testing.git;a=commitdiff;h=0faa1094b4f6bae7705d845fee87a1b4a3501178
	From: Michael Buesch <mb@bu3sch.de>
	Subject: b43: Automatically probe for opensource firmware

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

sorry about the forwarding, I forgot to CC debian-devel@l.d.o directly.

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