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Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?

Josh Triplett <josh.trip@verizon.net> wrote:
> Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> It is certainly the case that I would like our users to be able to use
>> their computers regardless of the mechanism that the vendor uses to ship
>> firmware, yes. Remember that we don't ship contrib as part of the
>> installer, either.
> Thanks to the excellent work of the installer team, debian-installer is
> incredibly modular.  Surely someone could add hooks to load modules from
> contrib (only if the autodetected devices need them, and prompting
> first), either downloaded from the network or supplied on some physical
> medium?  You seem to be advocating an ideological "compromise" solution
> for what sounds more like a technical problem.

We could do that, but it couldn't reasonably form part of the standard
debian-installer. A forked d-i doesn't do anyone any favours.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.legal@srcf.ucam.org

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