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Bug#827828: Package: installation-reports

On Tue, 2016-06-21 at 17:29 +0300, George Vasiliou (GMAIL) wrote:
> Package: installation-reports
> Hi there,
> I would like to mention a kind of bug in your net-install iso image.
> When tried to install Debian on my net book (Toshiba Radius 11 L10WC10C)
> using the debian-8.5.0-amd64-netinst.iso image i got the following error:
> Installer was prompting me to provide proprietary drivers for
> rtlwifi/rtl8723befw.bin.

This is firmware, not a driver.  And unfortunately, it is non-free, so
it cannot be included in Debian (officially).

> As a new user that i thought to try Debian, i didn't had this driver to
> feed the installer and as a resut the installation made was a basic one
> without internet connection.
> Although i succeed to find this driver on web, i was not capable to make
> the installer load this rtl8723 driver.
> Maybe a kind of typical file browser within the Debian Installer could be a
> good idea, to allow me to drive Debian Installer to where this driver file
> is.
> On the other hand consider a new user trying to test Debian, and the whole
> thing collapses for a missing driver (while other distros like Ubuntu
> provide that driver out-of-the-box).

This explains how to include the non-free firmware you need:


Ben Hutchings
[W]e found...that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had
... I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to
be spent
in finding mistakes in my own programs. - Maurice Wilkes, 1949

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