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Re: alsa-firmware in firmware-linux-non-free package

On 2010-10-19 00:37, Ben Hutchings wrote:
On Mon, 2010-10-18 at 23:43 +0200, Jaromír Mikeš wrote:
Sorry for double posting I forgot CC pkg-alsa-devel mailing list


I recently started discussion on pkg-alsa-devel mailing list that it would be
nice have alsa-firmware package in Debian like other distro have (Ubuntu,
64Studio, Fedora, Arch linux).


This package bringing bunch of firmware for professional sound cards like RME's
multiface and digiface
and many others. (emu, digigram, echoaudio etc.)
These firmwares are loaded by programs like hdsploader, vxloader and others
which are part of alsa-firmware-loaders package, which is already in debian.
In discussion was noted that the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 has merged alsa-firmware
into linux-firmware.
The question is, Should be alsa-firmware shipped in same way in Debian?


Actually, a closer look shows that this in fact did not make it into Maverick (10.10), but the actual work has been done and it seems like it will show up in Natty (11.04). Sorry for the confusion.

Thank you for your comments/suggestions

Debian's firmware-linux-nonfree is specifically for firmware images that
used to be embedded in drivers in our kernel image packages.  We
generate a number of other binary packages from its source package,
firmware-nonfree, and could add one or more containing the sound card

However I think these firmware images should be added to the
linux-firmware.git repository first, as that is the 'upstream' used as a
base for most distributions that provide firmware packages.

Definitely. And so I offer the same assistance to David Woodhouse as I do to you in Debian - willingness to answer questions etc, to make this happen. You are welcome to help me remind him to actually pick these things up.

David Henningsson, Canonical Ltd.

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