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Old 11-04-2010, 09:30 PM
"Stefan Lippers-Hollmann"
 
Default Bug#602450: firmware-nonfree: Please add rtlwifi/rtl8712u.bin, needed by r8712u >= 2.6.37, to firmware-realtek

Package: firmware-nonfree
Version: 0.27
Severity: wishlist

Hi

Starting with kernel 2.6.37, rtl8192su/ r8192s_usb will be replaced by
the new staging driver rtl8712/ r8712u. It would be nice if its firmware,
which has been added to firmware-linux.git this week, could be added to
the firmware-realtek package.
http://lkml.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1011.0/00610.html
Message-ID: <4cd014ec.e0Ho4xDM0+TOv1XT%Larry.Finger@lwfinger.n et>
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/dwmw2/linux-firmware.git;a=tree;f=rtlwifi

The firmware license appears to be acceptable for firmware-nonfree
http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/dwmw2/linux-firmware.git;a=blob;f=LICENCE.rtlwifi_firmware.txt


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Hints for linux-2.6 2.6.37~
r8712u as merged mainline for 2.6.37 does not use this external firmware
yet, but still compiles it into the r8712u kernel module through
drivers/staging/rtl8712/farray.h (rm)

Patches to employ request_firmware() are pending
http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-wireless/msg58214.html
Message-ID: <4CC9F4BE.7070500@lwfinger.net>

and a minor (updated in this attachment) fixup attached
http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-wireless/msg58240.html
Message-Id: <201010292203.39953.s.L-H@gmx.de>

I can confirm that rtl8712/ r8712u with split out firmware using
request_firmware() is working with RealTek RTL8188S and RTL8191S
devices and a decent replacement/ update for rtl8192su/ r8192s_usb.
http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-wireless/msg58239.html
Message-Id: <201010292202.25486.s.L-H@gmx.de>

Regards
Stefan Lippers-Hollmann
 

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