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SubjectRe: Persistent module storage [was Linux 2.4 Status / TODO page]
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> Some devices have a firmware.h that is compiled into the driver.  A few
> sound devices use a function that loads a firmware file from userspace,
> given a filename. The comment in drivers/sound/sound_firmware.c says
> that this is a poor method, and that the recommended method for
> uploading firmware to a device is via ioctl.

modutils has a post-install facility that supports firmware load via ioctl
beautifully too

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