Linux supports firmware updates using the fwupdmgr tool from https://fwupd.org/
Their "vendor engagement" page lists "Intel (Thunderbolt)" as offering "fwupd support", and having an "LVFS account", but not having "Uploaded firmware", with the comment that "Firmware uploading is owned by Thunderbolt system vendors".
Well, HERE I AM ;-)
Running "fwupdmgr get-devices" on my NUC8i7HVK lists...
Hades Canyon Thunderbolt Controller DeviceId: 7bfeebab863f59ecdb36d5a6b78d4db7ce2a73e3 Guid: 9e856a06-1745-5831-ad25-7986a9d94d7c Summary: Unmatched performance for high-speed I/O Plugin: thunderbolt Flags: internal|updatable|registered Vendor: Intel VendorId: TBT:0x8086 Version: 28.00 Icon: computer Created: 2019-02-02
NUC8i7HVK System Firmware DeviceId: c4cfdd7664af50a01d9b30229605deb90071904a Guid: a5bd1969-7c1e-497c-8d1f-699c5f31a321 Guid: 230c8b18-8d9b-53ec-838b-6cfc0383493a Guid: 8e10e0f9-b2b2-5775-a813-697a33d45a50 Plugin: uefi Flags: internal|updatable|require-ac|registered|needs-reboot Version: 0.0.51 VersionLowest: 0.0.51 Icon: computer Created: 2019-02-02
So, can Intel please go on and use their account there and upload the new Thunderbolt 33 firmware and BIOS 53?
Hi Ronny, thanks for the response.
No, I don't have an account, and I'm not affiliated with the site in any way. I'm just a NUC end-user on Linux who would like to receive firmware updates.
I only listed those firmwares as an example, as those are the ones I currently need for my NUC. I understand that I can workaround and upgrade the BIOS from a USB device, but I believe that's not the case with the Thunderbolt firmware which currently requires Windows. It would be nice, since Intel has registered there, if they could provide firmware for the NUC.
I'm sorry I'm not able to provide you any assistance in tracking the Intel contact down. One would hope Intel support had internal channels for achieving as much. I imagine it's someone in the Thunderbolt group.
Again, Thunderbolt 33 and BIOS 53 were examples. I'm not asking Intel to publish firmware for all or third party systems using thunderbolt, or to publish firmware for HP systems or something like that, I'm asking for Intel to use that facility to provide fimware for the NUC, where Intel is the system manufacturer.
You've found the documentation that says Intel apparently has an account on the site. I'm not sure what that account has actually been used for, if anything, but I'm asking if the engineers who manage that account can please publish firmware applicable to the NUC there. Thunderbolt firmware releases would be a good start, but I sure wouldn't complain if we could also use it to get BIOS updates under Linux.
It would be nice for Intel customers if Intel uploaded the applicable firmware for all systems for which Intel is the system manufacturer, but my specific request is to support at least my NUC8i7HVK.
It's also confusing. Intel is a leader when it comes to things like video drivers on Linux. I'm sorry that embrace isn't company wide apparently.
As for "third-party" repositories, well, I bet Intel has pushed drivers to Windows Update.
I guess if Linux users want firmware updates, they should buy one of the many Dell or Lenovo systems listed on that page. Even HP seems to be testing out a few systems (open to the idea).
Thanks for asking for me.