Re: "Outside udebs" capability: what are we waiting for?
Nathanael Nerode <email@example.com> writes:
> I wrote this capability almost a year ago. It's languished in bugs
> #405886, #405888, #389450.
> This is the ability to load from a second source of udebs (non-free, for
> instance, or vendor supplied).
Non-free already works just fine and is already used if you use the
net or include it on the CD and list it in the info file.
> It's utterly straightforward and actually rather uninvasive code. As designed it
> doesn't affect the default build yet, even.
> Is there some actual reason why this hasn't been integrated yet? Has an
> alternative solution been integrated?
Have you solved the problem of having multiple packages with the same
name? With debian main/contrib/non-free that can't happen but with
outside sources it might. And then bad things happen.
> I was told (over a year ago) that lack of installer support for non-free udebs
> was the main technical reason for not moving the non-free parts of the kernel to
> non-free where they belong. If this was true, integration of
> this should help unblock five "serious" bugs some of which are more than three
> years old.
And even at that time the non-free support in D-I was already fully
implemented, working and used.