Bug#413718: closed by Frans Pop <firstname.lastname@example.org> (reply to email@example.com) (Re: Bug#413718: debian-installer: netinst cannot authenticate to a public hotspot)
> It's very unlikely that we'll support that anytime soon.
Why not? All it requires is the addition of `lynx' on the netinst images.
Of course, space is relevant, so maybe the answer is "use another image".
Still, I think lynx would make for a very pleasant addition, since it could
also be used to get online help/info while doing the install.
> I also question if it is advisable to install a system over such
> a public network.
It's my university's "free access" network, and it's definitely worth using
when doing an install: I got 5MB/s as compared to the 300kB/s I'd get at
home. And it's not 100% public (which is why it requires an authentication
step). Tere might be security issues, but it's not like those issues are
completely absent when using a different access method.
> Looks like you found the correct solution to finish the installation.
I did. But it was rather inconvenient. Basically take it as a plea to
include lynx in the netinst image (while understanding that other
priorities may keep lynx out of it in the foreseeable future).