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FS#58239 - Add broadcom-wl to the ISO

Attached to Project: Release Engineering
Opened by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Sunday, 15 April 2018, 16:17 GMT
Last edited by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Thursday, 03 May 2018, 14:45 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category ArchISO
Status Closed
Assigned To Pierre Schmitz (Pierre)
Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


This kernel module is needed by some hardware in order to connect to the internet during the installation, e.g. macbooks which use the broadcom wireless card and also don't have wired ethernet ports because who needs those o_O.

Making things slightly more complicated is that broadcom has lots of incompatible drivers, which means wl installs a modprobe file blacklisting all the others. This seems sort of reasonable considering some of them require proprietary firmware which requires installing an AUR package to use -- though we do provide b43-fwcutter on the ISO, this requires manual configuration, so it seems reasonable to also require users to manually update modprobe.d configuration.

Not sure how to best handle this, would it make more sense to override this in /etc/modprobe.d/ within archiso with a symlink to /dev/null?
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Closed by  Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera)
Thursday, 03 May 2018, 14:45 GMT
Reason for closing:  Implemented
Additional comments about closing:  archiso-34, iso-snapshot 2018.05.01
Comment by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Sunday, 15 April 2018, 18:43 GMT
in MB you will have more several issues (i.e. no keyboard), but that is another issue.

Yes including the package and just adding an empty file in /etc/modprobe.d, or even better, putting a comment on it should be safe.
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Monday, 16 April 2018, 00:27 GMT Comment by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Monday, 16 April 2018, 22:34 GMT
Yes, thanks. I will made a release bump for next month.
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Monday, 16 April 2018, 22:42 GMT
Great! I think having this in community and preinstalled on the ISO will help a bunch of people going by the number of people I've helped in our IRC channel. Looking forward to next month's release.