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Re: Debian Installer 6.0 Beta1 release (WPA support)

On 2010-11-05, Thomas Goirand <zigo@debian.org> wrote:
> On 11/03/2010 01:57 PM, Christian PERRIER wrote:
>> then, a few
>> months before the release, we start getting suggestions to add this or
>> that fancy new thingy....
> Do you consider that WPA support is a "fancy new thing" ???

You're free to do a play on his words, of course.  From the point of d-i
development it would be a new feature, yes.

> With all due respect, I believe that my favorite distribution not having
> support for such an old technology would be quite lame. That's the kind
> of things that makes people go the Ubuntu way or more generally think
> that Debian is not adapted for their desktop use (and in that case, I
> would agree...).

Ubuntu's alternate installer doesn't support it neither.  It only applies
to the netinst case, too, which Ubuntu doesn't offer as prominently.
(Ok, if we offer it prominently might be another question but Ubuntu does
do their QA mainly on the ISOs they generate.)

And then, very very useful to pressure others with the "this will cause
people to use Ubuntu" in a corner case that's only interesting to
professional users anyway, who know what to choose.  For me netinst
over wired network is perfectly fine because I normally use PXE along
with it, which does not work over WPA encrypted networks anyway.

> Whatever path will be taken (hide the functionality in the expert mode,
> or have an unofficial ISO), as long as it's there, I think it's fine. I
> sincerely hope a solution will be found,

I guess you need to get *your* act together then, and get a clean
solution for it, propose that to be merged and maybe get it in for now
or for wheezy.  Whining on a mailinglist isn't overly helpful.

Kind regards
Philipp Kern

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