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Re: Install fwupd on a default installation

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 10:27:35PM +0100, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
>Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> (2018-12-26):
>> >Philipp Kern <pkern@debian.org> (2018-12-26):
>> >> I'm not sure, though, if there is some philosophical objection here in
>> >> that fwupd downloads non-free blobs and/or that Debian does not actually
>> >> ship the blobs themselves.
>> >
>> >FWIW both parts seem unacceptable to me, esp. in a default installation.
>> They're not all necessarily non-free, but it's a useful service for
>> people to make safe firmware updates easy.
>How do we know those blobs are safe, and that they won't change all of a
>sudden if they aren't hosted on Debian infrastructure?

We *don't* directly, but they blobs are signed and placed online by
the vendors. LVFS (the online backend) is a good Free
Software-friendly service.

This is a major step forwards from the old Windows-only ot "boot a DOS
floppy" style of firmware updates.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"Because heaters aren't purple!" -- Catherine Pitt

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