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Bug#413718: debian-installer: netinst cannot authenticate to a public hotspot

Package: debian-installer
Severity: normal

I recently installed Debian from a netinst CD onto a laptop.  The installation
overall went fairly smoothly, except that I was not initially able to access
the network: the ethernet card was correctly recognized and configured,
but my network connection requires an authentication step via a web
browser, and netinst does not include any.  So I've had to do a minimal
install from netinst, then use an USB flash drive to copy lynx (and a couple
auxiliary libraries), then authenticate, then finally do the rest of the
install "manually" (via apt-get).


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-4-686-bigmem
Locale: LANG=fr_CH.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_CH.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

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