GNOME Firmware terminates the terminal for firmware installation


Two weeks after its first release, the GNOME Firmware application was officially released as part of the GNOME 3.34 desktop.

It promises the easiest installation of any firmware. The new GNOME Firmware application features graphical representations for each user and allows control of any firmware needed for their devices. They can update or downgrade the current firmware as well as install new ones if needed.

The GNOME Firmware application is designed as an optional utility for GNOME users, but can also be used in other work environments.

GNOME Firmware

Richard Hughes reports in blog:

GNOME Firmware is designed to be a power-user tool for firmware exploration, upgrading, downgrading and reinstalling. GNOME software will continue to be used for updates as before. Helpdesks can ask users to install GNOME Firmware instead of asking them to use a terminal.

The first version of GNOME Firmware displays all the metadata of the devices supported by the fwupd utility, and as mentioned above allows users to install, reinstall or downgrade the firmware for each hardware, unlock TPMs hardware (Trusted Platform Modules), like Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) but also refresh the metadata.

If you are interested you can install the GNOME Firmware directly from Flathub repository. Installation is easy and only takes a few seconds. Once installed, you'll be able to see all (or most) of your computer's hardware and update the firmware if needed.

Over time, GNOME Firmware will be included by default in the GNOME interface, but is still under development. More details about the new application are available on GitLab.

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