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Bug#254830: Please include firewire for network installs



Package: debian-installer
Severity: wishlist

I have a USB/Firewire combo card in my alpha. Under 2.4.26 I can get a
network interface by simply inserting eth1394 and ohci1394 (and then,
as usual, bringing it up with ifconfig). This interface has been
sucessfully used to transfere >1 GB from my PPC based ibook. So
Ethernet over Firewire seems to work at least on alpha and ppc (and,
according to reports on the net, also on x86). Hence it would be
great, if debian-installer offered to probe for firewire as well, so
installs over firewire would be possible. Given that three archs
support it and the extra effort is quite limited, even if only few people
might use it, it would enhance the *coolness* quite a lot (especially 
given all the serious discussions about patents, freenes, etc.). Btw.
the driver author has a @debian-address as well :-))

This is what lspci says about my Firewire:
0000:01:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A
IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) (prog-if +10 [OHCI])
         Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 24
         Memory at 0000000009006000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K] 
         Memory at 0000000009000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
         Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing')
Architecture: alpha
Kernel: Linux 2.4.21-pre1
Locale: LANG=de_DE@euro, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro
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