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Re: Squeeze, firmware and installation

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 11:33:11AM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Wed, May 05, 2010 at 06:29:55PM +0200, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> > So I was wondering what the state is of everything, and what
> > issues people will run into, specially when installing.
> So, let me try to wrap-up this discussion. 

Perfect job, Zack.

> Early on in this thread [1] I've tried to identify our options, which
> essentially boil down to:
> 1) have the non-free firmware on the (first) install media, "protected"
>    by a BIG FAT WARNING saying that you need non-free firmware to
>    proceed, but that using it: you get out of Debian, you don't have
>    support, you should complain with your HW manufacturer, and that
>    thousands of kittens will be killed by your choice
<marcus> I killed a werewolf, a black unicorn, a kitten, and I have excalibur
<marcus> the kitten was an accident

> 2) have an alternative set of installation medias (basically Debian +
>    non-free firmware), shipped under a non-free section of our mirrors

I guess it wouldn't hurt to inform the user that d-i had to resort to
non-free firmware in order to offer a great installation experience and
that they can still complain to their vendor about it if they want.
> My reading of this thread, assuming that it is representative, is that
> (2) is preferred among developers; that is also my favorite choice.
Yeah, I think that sums it up well.


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