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Re: non-free firmware and d-i

On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 04:24:17PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 12:36:00PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> > Perhaps the correct structure is this:  after choosing "Customization
> > modules", the user gets a menu of possible places to get them from (CD,
> > USB, floppy, net, etc.).
> Chickening out of the hard work, we could just limit this list to
> CD-ROM, floppy, or network. The list of retrievers is limited to that
> anyway.
> Main problem is going to be the fact that currently, every installation
> image contains just one or two retrievers, not more. As a result, you
> can't download modules from the network when doing a CD-ROM based
> install, nor can you install modules from CD-ROM when doing a
> network-based install.
> [...]
> > However, your implementation has the advantage of being simpler and less
> > dependent on complicated setup of the customization discs.
> Not really. I always saw the CD-ROM stuff as intended for manufacturers
> who want to support Debian installations with their official driver
> CD-ROM; it's not unreasonable to request some more from them than from
> J. Random User who downloads udebs, puts them on a floppy, crosses his
> fingers, and boots the installer.

IMNSHO are floppies way too classic.

What about loading the kernel module usb-storage from CDROM or network
and mount an USB memory stick which contains further components?

Geert Stappers

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