On Sat, 2010-05-15 at 11:24 -0400, Steve Langasek wrote: > On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 04:27:01PM +0200, Martin Schulze wrote: > > I would rather not complicate the CD+DVD building process even more to > > produce non-free images. There are so many images that need to be > > created already. > > > I would like us to provide non-free firmware blobs that may be > > required during installation in tarballs that can be downloaded or - > > if this is not possible - be loaded via USB sticks, floppies or > > cdroms. The installer would need a possibility to include such > > firmware blobs and detect hardware again if required to continue the > > installation process. > > There's a solution that seems obvious to me here, but no one has implemented > it yet, so I must be missing something; but I'll throw it out as a starting > point for discussion. > > Why don't we offer tools - either web-based or commandline - that can append > a prepared firmware blob to an ordinary ISO in order to create an image that > can be burned as a multisession disk? If this is technically possible - and > I believe that it should be - then we don't have to waste mirror space, > build time, etc. on a second set of non-free images. We would just have to > make sure we leave enough extra room on our regular ISOs to allow grafting > on the firmware at the end, and prepare firmware blobs in an appendable > format. > > So what am I missing? This sounds technically plausible, but presumably requires some changes in the debian-cd package. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
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