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  • Plymouth Adds New Firmware Upgrade Mode For Better Fwupd Integration

    Phoronix: Plymouth Adds New Firmware Upgrade Mode For Better Fwupd Integration

    Plymouth, the Linux graphical boot splash screen system/interface used by most Linux distributions out there, now has a "firmware upgrade mode" for offering a tighter level of integration with Fwupd when performing system BIOS/firmware updates...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...rmware-Upgrade

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    The question is: Why?

    If fwupd cant stand on its own, then something has gone terribly wrong.

    The second and more important question: Does this mean, that fwupd is now a mandatory package requirement for plymouth ? I ask this because right now I removed all the fwupd cruft and all its rats tail of dependency that I (and I mean myself here) dont want on my light Fedora system.

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    • #3
      Of course fwupd can work standalone. Plymouth integration is, as always, optional.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Candy View Post
        The question is: Why?

        If fwupd cant stand on its own, then something has gone terribly wrong.

        The second and more important question: Does this mean, that fwupd is now a mandatory package requirement for plymouth ? I ask this because right now I removed all the fwupd cruft and all its rats tail of dependency that I (and I mean myself here) dont want on my light Fedora system.
        The question is why not?
        For too long the Linux ecosystem lacked of focus to improve a better experience notably on desktop environment. Having a better support from vendors themselves is a great welcome. Of course users can still choose to not use fwupd.

        Similar concept was from the old One Laptop per Child XO series with its OpenFirmware.

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        • #5
          Candy The reasons are mentioned in the commit message.

          The desktop experience is improving thanks to guys like this \o/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by finalzone View Post

            The question is why not?
            For too long the Linux ecosystem lacked of focus to improve a better experience notably on desktop environment. Having a better support from vendors themselves is a great welcome. Of course users can still choose to not use fwupd.

            Similar concept was from the old One Laptop per Child XO series with its OpenFirmware.
            Because it will make linux-based operating systems more accessible to the masses and will threaten the feeling of exclusivity and superiority some people have due to using said OSes.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Candy View Post
              If fwupd cant stand on its own, then something has gone terribly wrong.
              Unix principles, y'know. The boot spash application does the right boot splash while the firmware upgrade application does firmware upgrades.

              Does this mean, that fwupd is now a mandatory package requirement for plymouth ?
              I'm not sure how bad you must be at reading plain english to think this is what was discussed.

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              • #8
                It would be really nice if the other parts of the boot process could be localized too.
                I remmember that Windows 7 displays the "Windows is starting" the error page with "Start Windows normally" in the user preferred language.
                It would be really nice if Linux could do it too.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Danny3 View Post
                  It would be really nice if the other parts of the boot process could be localized too.
                  I remmember that Windows 7 displays the "Windows is starting" the error page with "Start Windows normally" in the user preferred language.
                  It would be really nice if Linux could do it too.
                  Fun fact: Windows will keep showing that text in the language it was installed in, regardless of what the current language is.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by finalzone View Post
                    For too long the Linux ecosystem lacked of focus to improve a better experience notably on desktop environment. Having a better support from vendors themselves is a great welcome.
                    Right! But thats what fwupd, it's services and the package and rats tails that depends on it is for.

                    Originally posted by finalzone View Post
                    Of course users can still choose to not use fwupd.
                    This isn't the problem case. The Question I had was whether plymouth has a hard dependency (or mandatory requirement) of fwupd now. E.g. once you enter "dnf instlall plymouth*" that it ends up enforcing the installation of fwupd as well. Right now this is not the case and I would like to see plymouth not depend on a mandatory installation of fwupd packages (and whatever it installs).

                    And of course users can not easily choose to not depend on fwupd if other packages are enforced to install it as some sort of dependency or hard requirement.

                    The times where "someone" choose anything are over I think.

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