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Re: Debian Installer 6.0 Beta1 release (WPA support)


On Wed, Nov 03, 2010 at 06:57:52AM +0100, Christian PERRIER wrote:
> Quoting Harald Jenny (harald@a-little-linux-box.at):
> > Well the patch is dated in 2008, so yes, people should have been quicker
> > voting and working for this feature.
> And this is a growing problem with D-I: the project's life is nearly
> zero for months at times where the development could happen and where
> one can happily "break" the installer without problem....then, a few
> months before the release, we start getting suggestions to add this or
> that fancy new thingy....

WPA support is not a "fancy new thing", really.  We ask our users to
install via netinst and for a lot of them, wireless network via WPA is
the default.  Sure, they might possibly be able to dig out an ethernet
cable, or revert their network to open or WEP, but really, this is not
some bleeding edge technology.

If there would have been an announcement like "squeeze will ship without
WPA support in the installer" I guess some people would have stepped up
(after all, this is not about some kernel or driver hacking AIUI, but
merely about integrating the existing functionality and patches), but I
guess most DDs don't install so often and assumed the d-i development
was going ok without them.  Lesson learned.

Would it be possible to only have this in our so-called "expert" mode,
not worrying about translations (or on an best-effort basis), as a


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