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Re: Bug#345603: Install report: failed to detect ethernet card (Marvell Yukon)

On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 06:42:19AM +0100, Christian Perrier wrote:

> > If it can't be included in Debian, could it be made available as a 
> > separate, clearly marked nonfree download? I noticed that the installer 
> > lets you select driver modules if it can't find one automatically, and the 
> > last option is 'none of these' which lets you insert a driver floppy. Can 
> > the Marvell driver be packaged as such a floppy and offered for download 
> > separately somehow?

> If someone cares to do it, yes...:-)

> I'm not deeply involved in this part of the business for Debian
> Installer so I can't really tell you how hard it is to compile a
> driver that could be loaded by the installer kernel.

Not hard.  The problem is that it's cumbersome to hook such a module into
both the installer, *and* the installed system, because you would need to be
able to provide both a udeb and a deb and ensure they get installed even
though they're not part of the official mirrors.  It should be easier
either to pull in custom .debs from a floppy or other source, or to extract
the .ko from a udeb to the appropriate location on the installed system
(which is still nasty for kernel upgrades, but better than nothing).

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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