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Re: Squeeze, firmware and installation

On Sun, May 09, 2010 at 10:59:57AM +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote:
> On 05/06/2010 07:22 PM, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> > 2) Having the non-free firmware in the regular CD image sets; firmware
> >    which is not loaded by default, but that can be selectively enabled
> >    by the user, pretty much as users can now enable "non-free" in
> >    sources.list to get non-free packages from the "Internet media" (to
> >    be compared with the "CD media").
> Sounds like the better option, at least for the firmware which is necessary to
> make the network interface work. Everything else could be downloaded later by
> showing the user a dialog like 'you need this non-free firmware stuff, which is
> not part of debian, but we have it right here for you... do you want it?'

Personally, I don't think it is good to ship stuff we consider non-free
on our official installation media.  I would prefer we either decide
that some of those/all of those firmware files are fine WRT our
guidelines (possibly clarifying those guidelines in the process), or we
go the route of the seperate CD set.


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