[Replicant] pen and wifi

Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli GNUtoo at cyberdimension.org
Mon Jun 14 00:18:21 UTC 2021

On Mon, 14 Jun 2021 00:48:14 +0200
Emanuel Berg <moasenwood at zoho.eu> wrote:

> I just installed Replicant on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE
> GT-N7105 16GB (the t0lte, tho you call it something
> else, n7100?)
The GT-N7105 isn't compatible with Replicant yet. However the GT-N7100
variant is compatible, and last time I tried on Replicant 6 it worked

The main difference between the two devices is that the GT-N7105 modem
doesn't work with the Replicant 6 releases, however there has been some
work to make that modem work, but I don't remember with what device it
has been tested (GT-I9105, GT-I9305, etc).

Also nobody had the time to integrate that work into Replicant 6 yet.
Doing that would require to send patches to this mailing list.

Beside the modem, it's probably not much work to integrate support for
the GT-N7105 in Replicant, so if someone has the time to try it, we
could review and merge patches for that if needed.

> Also the wifi doesn't autodetect, there is a search
> option/input field, but what do I search for?
For the WiFi it's a known issue: the WiFi firmwares are nonfree and we
don't ship them in the Replicant images.

For the supported devices, some Replicant users probably install the
nonfree firmwares on top of Replicant, so at some point we will need to
fix the issue for good and work to make the WiFi chips work without
nonfree firmwares.

In the meantime there are some external USB WiFi dongles that work with
Replicant 6.0.

In the upcoming Replicant 6.0 0004 release, that is way better
integrated, but we still need to find the time to fix a bug I spotted
at the last moment before doing the final release.

For new installations, Replicant 6.0 0004 RC5 doesn't have any
significant regression compared with Replicant 6.0 0003, so it should
be safe to install anyway, at least on supported devices.

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