Enable fwupd-refresh.timer by default on IoT, CoreOS & Server editions
fwupd-refresh systemd service unit & timer are designed to regularly refresh the fwupd metadata and update the MOTD when new firmware updates can be applied on a system. We want to enable the fwupd-refresh.timer by default on IoT, CoreOS & Server editions so that users get reminded about firmware updates.
On desktops, firmware updates are generally coordinated by graphical applications such as GNOME Software or Plasma Discover so we will not enable it on those editions.
- Targeted release: Fedora Linux 39
- Last updated: 2023-09-12
- devel thread
- FESCo issue: https://pagure.io/fesco/issue/3054
- Tracker bug: #2233233
- Release notes tracker: #1002
Firmware for hardware devices can have bugs and firmware updates generally help address those. Firmware updates might however need manual interaction, a reboot or device unplug/re-plug so we can not enable firmware update by default.
This change thus only enable notifying about new firmware updates, not installing them.
With this change, Fedora installations will contact the Linux Vendor Firmware Service CDN (LVFS, https://cdn.fwupd.org/) to get the updated metadata but will not send any information about the hardware without user interaction.
Link to the unit being enabled: https://github.com/fwupd/fwupd/tree/main/data/motd
Discussion for each impacted edition:
- CoreOS: https://github.com/coreos/fedora-coreos-tracker/issues/1512 (Accepted)
- IoT: https://pagure.io/fedora-iot/issue/52 (Accepted)
- Server: https://pagure.io/fedora-server/issue/115 (Accepted)
Benefit to Fedora
Knowing when firmware updates can be applied on a system would make systems more reliable.
- Proposal owners: Do the change required to enable fwupd-refresh.timer by default
- Other developers: N/A
- Release engineering: N/A #Releng issue number
- Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
- Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
- Alignment with Community Initiatives: N/A
No impact, it is just a refresh to check about new firmware updates. It will be enabled for existing and new systems.
How To Test
Install a system on hardware that has an old firmware and check if you get a notification about a new firmware update on login in the MOTD.
User will still have to manually update their firmware.
There are no dependencies
- Contingency mechanism: Continue to ship things the way we ship them today
- Contingency deadline: N/A
- Blocks release? N/A
N/A (not a System Wide Change)