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Re: Making Debian available

Le 24/01/2021 à 22:11, Fabrice BAUZAC-STEHLY a écrit :
> Kudos for your very fine summary, Bjørn!
> I don't know if the proposal to place non-free things into the Debian
> installation image will be accepted.  But if it is not, here is another
> proposal that would clearly separate the free from the non-free:
> The installation image remains 100% free.  But at some point the
> installer asks the user if they wish to add another media containing
> software.  Users would then be able to put another CD or USB key (for
> example) containing a bundle of non-free drivers.
> Bundles of non-free drivers would be generated regularly and provided on
> a webpage which clearly indicates the downsides of having non-free
> software installed.  But it could give a clear tutorial on how to copy
> the bundle to a USB key and how to tell the debian-installer to use it.

In fact, I think this already exists as stated here:

But the issue is probably just to make it more easy to find for users.

The OP just said:
> I couldn’t install from a net install version because of my wireless
> chipset not being supported directly by Debian.
> The current policy of hiding other versions of Debian is limiting the
> adoption of your OS by people like me who are interested in moving from Windows 10.

It seems all the information and required files to install Debian on
any computer already exists, but is just too hard to find when the user
is trying Debian for the first time.

To me, proposals from Holger Wansing are a step to the right direction:
For example (from "Re: Making Debian available - patch for webwml"

The added information at the end of the page shows were to find bundle
of non-free firmwares (to put on a dedicated storage for use with free
netinst) and also unofficial installer files bundling these non-free

I personally think the main page could have also have a "Other downloads"
link to one of the more complete download pages (like /distrib), so
users not familiar with the wiki can find it one click away.

Maybe I can propose a patch for at least this small link to /distrib

Alexis Murzeau
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