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Re: Microcode and the installer (Re: Towards d-i wheezy beta 3)

On Thu, 13 Sep 2012, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Sep 2012, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> > (replying to -devel and -boot only)
> (I am not subscribed to -boot.  Please keep -devel on replies, or CC me
> directly).
> > Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > On Mon, 10 Sep 2012, Philipp Kern wrote:
> > >> If we do that the same should also happen for firmware-linux-nonfree. Loading
> > >> the radeon KMS module without firmware available results in an unusable
> > >> (text) console. (Yes, it might be considered a bug that radeon is loadable
> > >> without.)
> > >
> > > Sounds good to me.
> > >
> > > What should I clone and hack to try to implement this?
> > 
> > <git://git.debian.org/d-i/base-installer.git>, I think.
> It is actually the hw-detect module, and adding support for the two system
> processor microcodes is somewhat trivial... as long as I ignore VMs.  I just
> need to add a hook to pre-pkgsel.d.
> If I want to skip installing the processor microcode on VM images, I need to
> install and "in-target" run virt-what before the hook can decide whether
> installing the microcode packages is warranted or not.
> Should I attempt to install virt-what (which brings dmidecode as a
> dependency) to avoid wasting space on VM images ?

PING?  I need some feedback from debian-boot or from VM users!

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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