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Re: Dealing with drivers that need firmware on the filesystem

Glenn Maynard wrote:
>On Sun, Jan 16, 2005 at 02:01:22PM +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> In many cases, the firmware may be provided by the hardware vendor in
>> some form, so we can just use the existing media for install purposes.
>> It's probably not reasonable to expect them to provide Debian installer
>> modules as well, so in some cases we'd end up with twice as many items
>> of removable media.
>If those modules are in contrib (which is just as easy to redistribute as
>main, unlike non-free), then it seems perfectly reasonable to me.  At
>least in terms of the "do drivers requiring non-free blobs belong in
>main" debate, this argument seems like a non-issue to me.

So you expect all the hardware vendors to ship a full set of debian
installer modules on their floppies/CDs. For all architectures? For
how many releases? That's patently ridiculous. All we need them to do
is to ship the firmware files, which they're already doing. We've seen
what happens when vendors ship their own modules and special installer
disks in the past, and it quickly turns into a mess.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
You raise the blade, you make the change... You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane...

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