Fwupd 1.7.4 Supports Much more Hardware For Firmware Updating On Linux

Guide Fwupd/LVFS developer Richard Hughes of Red Hat today unveiled v1.7.4 for this open-souce utility to allow for firmware updating on Linux of program motherboards and peripherals.

The Fwupd 1.7.4 release provides firmware branch aid for ModemManager equipment, help for firmware engineers to be ready to patch data files at known offsets, and a range of bug fixes. &#13

But arguably most fascinating with Fwupd 1.7.4 is various additional units now supporting firmware updates below Linux:&#13

– HP USB-C G2 Dock&#13
– Many UF2 equipment, experimentally&#13
– A lot more PixArt gadgets&#13
– Nordic HID equipment utilizing MCUBoot&#13
– Quectel EG25-G LTE Modem&#13
– ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 Dock&#13

Seeing additional USB-C / Thunderbolt docks supporting firmware updates and doing the job effectively under Linux is a welcome sight. PixArt gadget aid has also been growing in modern periods. The UF2 product guidance is experimental and messy but functions:&#13

A UF2 machine exposes a VFAT block machine (occasionally named a Mass Storage Gadget) which has a digital file known as `INFO_UF2.TXT` where by metadata can be study. It may well also have a the recent firmware exported as a file named `CURRENT.UF2` which is in a 512 byte-block UF2 format.&#13

Creating any file to the MSD will cause the firmware to be penned. At times the unit will restart and the volume will be unmounted and then mounted again. In some cases the quantity might not “come back” right until the consumer manually places the gadget again in programming manner.&#13

Match the block gadgets employing the VID*PID, UUID or label, and then generate a UF2 system which can be applied to flash firmware.

Fwupd 1.7.4 downloads and a lot more information on the changes by way of GitHub.