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Re: non-free firmware and d-i

Rick Thomas <rbthomas55@pobox.com> writes:

> On Sep 7, 2006, at 3:05 PM, Joey Hess wrote:
>> This won't be practical. They are just udebs, but they have complex
>> interdependencies and we can't expect users to pick the right set of
>> udebs to put on a driver floppy that both supports all the hardware
>> they
>> need to support and fit in its limited space. For example, the i386
>> cd-drivers floppy contained 19 udebs.
>> The situation may be much simpler in some cases if the particular
>> driver
>> media only needs to include one or two udebs containing kernel
>> firmware,
>> but that's no reason to break the current driver floppies.
> Is there some fundamental reason why there must be only one (or two?
> {network and CD}) drivers floppy that contains everything?  Is it
> possible to publish instructions for creating a "supplemental
> drivers" floppy that has the (one or a few) extra udebs needed for
> your particular hardware in addition to the standard one (or two)
> that everybody uses?  Certainly the stuff on the current driver
> floppies needs complex interdependencies, but I don't understand why
> that extends to the contents of a supplemental drivers floppy.
> You're going to install everything and only those things on that
> floppy.  End of story.  No complex dependencies needed.  Or am I
> missing something?
> Rick

Yoe recently checked in support for a trivial udeb image. You just
dump whatever udeb you want on the floppy, cd, usb, whatever and then
select a menu entry to install *.udeb from that medium. Please do test


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