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Re: Possible noteworthy packages

On Mon, 24 Sep 2012, Luca Capello wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:11:54 +0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > I nominate the following packages to be listed in the "noteworthy packages"
> > section of the next DPN:
> +1, however...
> > amd64-microcode: Processor microcode firmware for AMD CPUs    (non-free)
> > intel-microcode: Processor microcode data file for Intel CPUs (non-free)
> > iucode-tool: Intel processor microcode tool                   (contrib)
> ...I find a bit strange that we have firmware-*, fonts-*, etc. packages
> but in this case it is the other way around and not microcode-*.  Is
> there any specific reason for this?

Yes, about 10 years of precedence due to "intel-microcode" (yes, it is that
old, and yet most people still don't know it exists...)

The firmware-* packages actually have some assumptions on how they operate
and interact with the installer, which the *-microcode packages do not
follow (and might not be able to follow in some cases).

This is likely to be addressed post-Wheezy, but it is a bit more involved
than just renaming the packages.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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