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Re: Will free kernel mean firmware problems in Live in persistent mode?

In data Tuesday 01 February 2011 11:03:05, Shankar Gopalakrishnan ha scritto:

> I've been running Debian Live in persistent mode on a flash drive as my
> workhorse, everyday system for more than a year now, and I first want to
> start off by thanking everyone for the wonderful, incredible work that it
> is.

Thanks for the appreciations, you are welcome :-)

> I just had a question regarding the new "all-free" kernel announced for
> Squeeze and upwards.  Is this the kernel that will be used for Debian Live?

Sure, the default build is built from main.

> If so, might there be problems in booting the live system on some machines.
> In that case, will it be possible to get a Live image, from the website,
> that has a kernel with all the firmware included? 

You can build your own, just add "non-free" "archive-area" (as in '--archive-
areas="main contrib non-free"' lb config option), and add "firmware-linux 
package" (which is in non-free).

That way the you will have non-free firmware included:

$ apt-cache show firmware-linux
Package: firmware-linux
Priority: optional
Section: non-free/kernel
Depends: firmware-linux-free, firmware-linux-nonfree (= 0.28)
Filename: pool/non-free/f/firmware-nonfree/firmware-linux_0.28_all.deb
Description: Binary firmware for various drivers in the Linux kernel (meta-
 This package depends on both free and non-free firmware which was
 previously included in the Linux kernel.


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