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Bug#992699: debian-installer: Firmwares required for some sound cards

Package: debian-installer
Version: 20210731
Severity: normal
Tags: a11y d-i


As mentioned in the Bullseye errata, there seems to be a number of
sound cards that require loading a firmware to be able to emit sound
(e.g. Intel SOF). Unfortunately currently the installer loads firmware
after loading the ISO image, while speech synthesis is needed at the
very first interaction with the user, which is usually before that. We'd
thus want (for the firmware-enabled image) to include firmware in the
initrd somehow.

We discussed a bit on IRC, possibly we could just, at debian-cd step,
catenate the cpio archives, or unpack/assemble/repack, or ship several


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 11.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable-debug'), (500, 'testing-debug'), (500, 'stable-debug'), (500, 'proposed-updates-debug'), (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'oldstable-proposed-updates-debug'), (500, 'oldstable-proposed-updates'), (500, 'oldoldstable'), (500, 'buildd-unstable'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (500, 'oldstable'), (1, 'experimental-debug'), (1, 'buildd-experimental'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 5.13.0 (SMP w/8 CPU threads)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE not set
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

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