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Bug#612349: release-notes: the upgrades section does not mention firmware woes

On Tue, 08 Feb 2011, Christian PERRIER wrote:
> Quoting Henrique de Moraes Holschuh (hmh@debian.org):
> > The release nodes neglect to recommend that the user should make sure
> > the firmware packages are installed.  In fact, unless we add a list of
> > the hardware that requires non-free firmware, the release notes would
> > actually have to recommend that the user install BOTH firmware packages
> > unless he is sure he will not need them.
> Well, the kernel packages *do* warn when missing firmware is
> detected. Still, it doesn't do that very proeminently: I trapped
> myself in locking two servers during a remote upgrade on the release
> day, just because I didn't notice that..:-)
> So, it could be good to add something in the section that talks about
> kernel upgrade but I am not convinced we should recommend always
> installing the non-free package. It wouldn't solve all issues anyway
> (I had the need for firmware-bnx2 for instance) and that defeats the
> announced move to a completely free kernel.
> How about adding something that isists on maying attention to messages
> that are outputted during kernel upgrades about possible missing
> firmware, mention that most of these are provided in the
> firmware-linux-nonfree package and that other non-free packages exist
> in the archive (a list could help) for more specific hardware?

Anything is better than the current state, so go for it...

  "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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