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Update Dell laptop BIOS with Ubuntu

Good news for Dell laptops owners: latest BIOS images can be loaded with Ubuntu, Fedora or CentOS! It was announced at official Direct2Dell blog by Matt Domsch. In a nutshell to get new BIOS installed while you're running Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty, 7.10 Gutsy, or Hardy just enable Universe repository in sources.list (System -> Administration -> Software Sources) and run under root (sudo -s):
wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/firmware/bootstrap.cgi | bashaptitude install firmware-addon-dellaptitude install $(bootstrap_firmware -a) update_firmware
The first command enables Dell’s Ubuntu repository as well as downloads and installs GPG key for this repository. As you might guess, restart is needed after last command is done (keep fingers crossed)
Please note that detailed instructions on how to update BIOS with Ubuntu (or other Linux distro) and firmware-tools developed by Dell are here:
"We are releasing this project in the hopes of moving the industry towards a more scalable and friendly way to update BIOS and Firmware for systems."
Respect to Dell and it’s Linux engineers!




3 comments:

ethos_dacapo said...

Here's what i've got so far:
Code:

wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/firmware/bootstrap.cgi | bash
Downloading GPG key: http://linux.dell.com/repo/GPG-KEY-libsmbios
Importing key.
OK
Writing extended state information... Done
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://apt.wicd.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://apt.wicd.net intrepid/extras Translation-en_US
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Translation-en_US
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid Release
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Get:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://apt.wicd.net intrepid Release
Get:2 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Get:3 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Get:4 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid Release.gpg
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Packages
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports Release
Ign http://apt.wicd.net intrepid/extras Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Sources
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Sources
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed Release
Hit http://apt.wicd.net intrepid/extras Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Sources
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Sources
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/restricted Sources
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://linux.dell.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://linux.dell.com intrepid/dell-software Translation-en_US
Hit http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Translation-en_US
Get:5 http://linux.dell.com intrepid Release [2799B]
Get:6 http://linux.dell.com intrepid/dell-software Packages [957B]
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid Release
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Packages
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Sources
Fetched 3760B in 4s (882B/s)
Reading package lists... Done

Current status: 3255 new [+3].
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
dell-repository-keys
0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 4242B of archives. After unpacking 49.2kB will be used.
WARNING: untrusted versions of the following packages will be installed!

Untrusted packages could compromise your system's security.
You should only proceed with the installation if you are certain that
this is what you want to do.

dell-repository-keys

Do you want to ignore this warning and proceed anyway?
To continue, enter "Yes"; to abort, enter "No": Unrecognized input. Enter either "Yes" or "No".
Do you want to ignore this warning and proceed anyway?
To continue, enter "Yes"; to abort, enter "No": Unrecognized input. Enter either "Yes" or "No".
Do you want to ignore this warning and proceed anyway?
To continue, enter "Yes"; to abort, enter "No": Unrecognized input. Enter either "Yes" or "No".
Do you want to ignore this warning and proceed anyway?
To continue, enter "Yes"; to abort, enter "No": Abort.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
dell-firmware-repository dell-repository-keys{a} dell-software-repository
0 packages upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 8070B of archives. After unpacking 147kB will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] Abort.
yyyyyyyyyy
Hit http://apt.wicd.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://apt.wicd.net intrepid/extras Translation-en_US
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Translation-en_US
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://apt.wicd.net intrepid Release
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Translation-en_US
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid Release
Get:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Get:2 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Get:3 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Get:4 http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release [27.6kB]
Ign http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://apt.wicd.net intrepid/extras Packages
Hit http://apt.wicd.net intrepid/extras Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://dominique.corbex.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid Release
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/free Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org intrepid/non-free Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Translation-en_US
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid Release
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Packages
Hit http://archive.canonical.com intrepid/partner Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed Release.gpg
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/restricted Translation-en_US
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed Release
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-backports/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/restricted Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-security/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/universe Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/multiverse Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/restricted Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/universe Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/multiverse Sources
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/restricted Sources
Fetched 4B in 9s (0B/s)
Reading package lists... Done

When it asks the questions yes or no it never gives me a chance to answer it automatically answers for me even if i hold down the y key and hit enter repeatedly like an idiot. lol

Anonymous said...

Only gutsy is supported. :) You need to change the bootstrap to use gutsy packages. Same difference.

Anonymous said...

thanks for share..

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