[Linux-Desktops] Easy firmware update for non-MS-Windows users
pmenzel at molgen.mpg.de
Tue Sep 13 09:35:47 CDT 2016
Thank you for your reply.
On 09/13/16 16:13, Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com wrote:
> First off let me say that Flashrom is an unsecured flashing mechanism.
> On Dell systems the SPI rom is only unlocked after the signature of the flashing payload is validated.
It wouldn’t be hard to extend a program like flashrom, or write a
wrapper around it, to check the signature.
> The strategies offered for client systems and servers vary.
> On supported client and IoT systems Dell has started to offer UEFI capsule updates (www.fwupd.org).
> On other client systems that don't yet support UEFI capsule update, you can flash by placing
> the binary on a FAT32 USB stick and pressing F12 at POST. You will see an option to "Flash BIOS".
> It will let you select the binary and flash it.
> You actually don't need a FAT32 USB stick if the machine is already booting in UEFI mode. You
> can also place it on the EFI system partition and browse that from the F12 menu.
I am well aware of these methods, and can only say, that they aren’t as
user friendly as running a program from the running operating system.
> For server systems there are a lot of other components that need to be updated (such as LCC
> and iDRAC). DUP packages that can be run in Linux are released for these systems.
Last time I tried it, this was very cumbersome.
> It's also possible to do updates from bootable media
Creating a new boot media, although I am already running an operating
system, which provides the same environment, is a waste of time and
So back to the original question, will Dell provide the customers an
*easy* way, that means it takes less than two minutes, to update the
firmware from their operating system of choice?
Who is the right person to contact?
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