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Bug 39415 - gentoo-2004.0-x86-20040123 experimental kernel has prism54 but no firmware
Summary: gentoo-2004.0-x86-20040123 experimental kernel has prism54 but no firmware
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Release Media
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Everything (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Benjamin Judas (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-01-25 22:03 UTC by Matt Taylor
Modified: 2004-03-17 06:55 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Matt Taylor 2004-01-25 22:03:16 UTC
booting the livecd with "experimental dopcmcia" detects and loads prism54 but it can't be used without firmware.  /usr is symlinked to the cdrom so I can't copy the firmware to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/.  Booting with the cdcache option doesn't do anything.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.boot livecd
2.try to ifconfig up wireless interface

Actual Results:  
prism54: request_firmware() failed for 'isl3890'

Expected Results:  
working wireless
Comment 1 Jens Schittenhelm 2004-02-09 01:50:05 UTC
This could be a legal problem. The firmware is not GPL whareas the prism54 is now completely open source and I don't know Intersils position for packaging the firmware along with a distribution. The driver is downloadable at ( I know another chicken-and-egg situation). I think this should be checked before adding the files to the LiveCD. 
Comment 2 Benjamin Judas (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-03-16 22:52:40 UTC
Peter, any comments about this one from your side? Are we supposed to offer that firmware stuff or are there any copyright issues that keep us away from doing that? 
Comment 3 Peter Johanson (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-03-17 05:32:14 UTC
we should *NOT* distribute this firmware with the liveCDs yet. the prism54 developers are still in the process of trying to resolve the actual terms under which they can distribute firmware files. They've had an initial contact from Globalspan (the people who bought the guys who originally created the driver/chipset) but have had no official license agreed on, etc. You can see how frustrating this issue is just by looking at the prism54 firmware page here:

As sad as it is, i just don't feel comfortable including this until they've fully resolved that... ):
Comment 4 Benjamin Judas (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-03-17 06:55:06 UTC
closing then
Comment 5 Benjamin Judas (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-03-17 06:55:48 UTC