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Bug#1030189: Let regular users know need to put non-free-firmware in sources.list

Control: reassign -1 release-notes

On 2023-02-01 08:30 +0800, Dan Jacobson wrote:

> Package: general
> The average user will not notice his firmware is not updating any more.

Unless they pay close attention to apt(itude)'s messages, that is
probably true.

> So he must do Google Search.
> https://www.google.com/search?q=debian+firmware+non-free
> which leads to
> https://wiki.debian.org/Firmware
> which says
> ...a new repository component non-free-firmware...
> So that means he needs to add it to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
> Ah ha!

The release notes for Bookworm should and will certainly mention that.
I think this is where this bug is actually actionable, so I am
reassigning it there.

> Yes, he should be regularly subscribed to debian-user, but that's too
> much.

I have sent a heads-up message[1] there a few days ago, but as you said it
got lost in all the other topics discussed there.

> Or https://lists.debian.org/debian-announce/, but that's too many boring
> messages too.

There was not even a prominent notice there, at least not in the past
few weeks.

> Yes, he uses apt-listchanges, but that won't tell him this.
> So I'm saying that Debian needs a mechanism to have his computer tell
> him to do this.
> Maybe the next time he uses apt*, somehow the system should tell him...

Somehow, but how exactly?  Good question that was brought up on
debian-devel[2], alas without replies yet.


1. https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2023/01/msg00706.html
2. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2023/01/msg00312.html

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