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Re: Bug#706605: ITP: macfanctld -- Fan control daemon for Apple MacBook computers


I include below an answer from upstream, who only replied to the bug report:

On 02/05/2013 13:04, Paul Wise wrote:
On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM, Thibaut Paumard wrote:

   Description     : Fan control daemon for Apple MacBook computers

Sounds similar to thinkfan for Thinkpads, some questions:

Isn't the kernel supposed to be responsible for fan control and
temperature management?

If not, can we get a generic daemon that works for all laptops?

Would be nice if d-i could install and configure that daemon.

From: Mikael Strom <mikael@sesamiq.com>
To: 706605@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#706605: ITP: macfanctld -- Fan control daemon for Apple MacBook computers
Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 21:12:37 +0800


a little background on macfancltd;

Most PC's don't need software fan-controls at all, because BIOS/EFI handles that in firmware. 'Officially', the MacBook Pro should be fine w/o as well as the EFI has fan-control in firmware. However, both OS X and Linux users find the temperature in the aluminum unibody design to be higher than what feels comfortable, in particular when working over normal room temperature (I live in the Philippines, and right now it's 34C in my kitchen where i write this). So a few years ago I wrote macfanctld which apparently have helped some users.

Should the kernel handle this? No, i don't think so, because that is over-riding the BIOS/EFI firmware in most cases. Is there a need for fan-control software? Yes, because some PC have badly designed fan-control algorithms. So my $0.02 is that utilities like macfancltd have a place, perhaps also in Debian.

I'm more than happy to help out, and hopefully i can learn more on Debian packaging from you "made" guys ;)

- How will this affect the speed at which Ubuntu users can get updates?
- Should we keep macfanctld in launchpad/mactel repo? Or is there a smarter way if Debian package it? - Is there any way you can mentor me in the process, so i can learn Debian packaging?

Best regards,
Mikael Ström

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