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Re: Bug#991538: unblock: firmware-nonfree/20210315-3

Hi Ben,

Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> (2021-07-27):
> [ Reason ]
> The binary packages built from firmware-nonfree currently do not
> provide the necessary metadata for the installer to determine whether
> they are likely to be needed in the installed system.
> [ Impact ]
> Desktop installations on PCs with recent AMD or Nvidia GPUs currently
> fail to boot properly, with a black screen, even when the unofficial
> installation images including firmware are used.  Other devices may
> also not get their required firmware installed even though the user
> has chosen to enable that.
> [ Tests ]
> Tests for the binary firmware are not possible within Debian
> infrastructure.
> The metadata changes have been tested manually (up to a point) by
> Cyril Brulebois.  The metadata is validated by appstream-generator,
> which shows only some style hints for these packages:
> https://appstream.debian.org/sid/non-free/issues/index.html#Debian_Kernel_Team_%3Cdebian-kernel@lists.debian.org
> [ Risks ]
> No firmware is being changed, so there is no risk of regression in the
> functionality of the packages.
> The changes to metadata could conceivably affect discoverability of
> the packages through AppStream infrastructure, but this seems
> unlikely.  In any case, automatic installation during system
> installation should be a higher priority.
> [ Checklist ]
>   [X] all changes are documented in the d/changelog
>   [X] I reviewed all changes and I approve them
>   [X] attach debdiff against the package in testing
> [ Other info ]
> (Anything else the release team should know.)
> unblock firmware-nonfree/20210315-3

The package has already been unblocked by Paul, and after checking a
debian-cd daily build (against unstable) Steve and I made sure the
relevant info was exposed correctly, and picked up by debian-cd; I've
therefore urgented it as well, and it should migrate during the next
britney run.

Thanks again for your help on this topic!

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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