OEM support for Linux (firmware updates)

Ubuntu 18.04 and Centos 7.6 both run the fwupd service. This polls for updates on supported hardware. Support arrived in 16.04 and 7.4 respectively (from the docs.)

hat tip

  • Check the daemon’s status with the following; problems with any plugins are noted in the logs.
systemctl status fwupd
  • On ubuntu 18.04 updates are via the following (Updates tab) which is the orange shopping bag icon.
/usr/bin/gnome-software
  • The software updater that pops up with Ubuntu Linux updates (icon is an ‘A’ inside two arrows) is different again:
/usr/bin/update-manager
  • gnome-software is also installed on a typical Centos 7 gnome build. It’s a white shopping bag with a round blue icon there.  I ran it from terminal. I don’t think I’ve got a supported machine running Centos 7, but the docs suggest it’ll behave the same way.

supported hardware

The daemon’s website provides a really useful clue about hardware that’s likely to have some Linux support: https://fwupd.org/lvfs/devicelist

Definitely quicker than ploughing through all of Lenovo’s or Dell’s ranges to track something down.

One surprise from the list is Logitech Unifying; wireless devices that can share the same USB dongle. It’s a limited set of devices. but it does include the dongle. I currently dual-boot to windows on a sluggish machine to manage this. Not many devices supported, but I’ll check this list if I need to replace anything.

command line

There’s a command line tool as well! Woo hoo!

For example:

fwupdmgr get-updates

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