Removing linux-firmware from the build

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at
Fri Jul 29 13:49:06 EDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Daniel Drake <dsd at> wrote:

> Hi,
> linux-firmware, the package that puts lots of stuff in /lib/firmware,
> is growing and growing and is mostly irrelevant for us, including
> firmware for (e.g.) SCSI controllers.
> I'm considering removing it - nothing in the XOs uses firmware from
> that package. (our wireless firmware comes from other packages)
> The question is, do any external devices used by our users pull on
> firmware from this directory? Browsing the contents, I doubt it, but I
> thought I'd ask anyway. I may also just remove it from the builds as
> an experiment, see if anything breaks.
The devices that come to mind for me are serial adapters and wired ethernet

I don't have mine handy but I have a  OLPC serial adapater plus a pair of
usb eth adapters that I use regularly on the XO that all need firmwares.

Nothing else races to mind.

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