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Re: Squeeze, firmware and installation

On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 01:04:47PM +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote:
> On 05/10/2010 01:50 AM, Paul Wise wrote:
> > On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 3:01 AM, Bernd Zeimetz <bernd@bzed.de> wrote:
> > 
> >> Right. It works, but it is an annoying extra step to do. And I had more than one
> >> customer asking me why Debian is forcing them to do such an extra step and why
> >> they should not just use Ubuntu.
> > 
> > Tell them to blame their hardware vendor for not releasing the
> > firmware as free software. It is rare to see that, but it does happen:
> > 
> > http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ar9170.fw
> > http://packages.debian.org/sid/all/firmware-linux-free/filelist
> Using only 'free' software might make them happier, but the first thing people
> look for is less pain in the ass while installing and maintaining a system. We
> are not in a perfect world unfortunately, so blaming the hardware vendor is not
> the first option people choose. Using a just working installer is the option.

btw, http://blogs.gnome.org/otte/2010/05/09/whose-fault-is-it/


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