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non-free firmware loading in d-i (was Re: DFSG violations in Lenny: Summarizing the choices)

Hi there!

On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 13:37:24 +0100, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM, Theodore Tso <tytso@mit.edu> wrote:
>> If the proposal is to delay the release to make sure that **all** bits
>> are moved into the non-free section, what about the debian
>> installation CD itself?  If it is true that __Debian__ never includes
>> any DFSG bits, I would think that would have to include the installer
>> CD/DVD image itself, no?
> The images don't include non-free stuff, but they do allow loading
> non-free firmware. Joey Hess blogged about how it works here:
> http://kitenet.net/~joey/blog/entry/d-i_firmware_loading/

FWIW, this is very similar to what happens on Windows 2000 and XP when
installing directly from a CD:

  Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration.

  Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI o RAID driver...

  [various output, press 's' key]

  Please insert the disk labeled

  Manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk

  into Drive A:

  *  Press ENTER when ready.

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

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