Fwupd 1.8.1 Linux Firmware Updater Brings More Hardware Support and New Features

Fwupd 1.8.1

Mario Limonciello released today fwupd 1.8.1 as the first point release to the latest fwupd 1.8 series of this open-source and popular firmware updater utility for Linux-based operating systems.

Fwupd 1.8.1 comes a month after the release of the fwupd 1.8 series and introduces even more hardware support. More specifically, fwupd now supports firmware updating on Corsair KATAR PRO XT, Corsair SABRE PRO, and Corsair KATAR PRO wireless mice, HP Thunderbolt Dock G4, Lenovo ThinkPad Universal USB-C dock, as well as the Steelseries Aerox 3 and Steelseries Rival 3 wireless mice.

On top of that, fwupd 1.8.1 adds support for more PixArt wireless devices, more SunplusIT USB cameras, and some UFS devices. If you own any of these devices, you should install the new fwupd version on your GNU/Linux distribution to update the firmware to newer versions (if available).

Fwupd 1.8.1 also adds a few new features to make firmware updating more reliable, such as archive writing support for devices with composite firmware, a new way to read device composite firmware in fwupdtool, the ability to allow clients to opt-in to display firmware updates with user-solvable problems, as well as the ability to allow the device to pause polling when writing firmware.

In addition, fwupd now supports exporting of the system and device battery levels on the D-Bus interface and adds X-UsbReceiver as an “update” category, which is identifiable by the usb-receiver icon.

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