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Re: Bug Perhaps: Debian Testing AMD64 2009-12-27 Daily Build NetInst

On Mon,28.Dec.09, 00:22:35, Chris Brandstetter wrote:
> Now the system asks to load the tigon/tg3_tso.bin firmware. (Broadcom
> Network Card firmware)
> I selected no and continued on the install.  (Strange, did it get the
> firmware from somewhere else, or was there an open source alternative?)
In recent kernels (2.6.31?) a lot of previously included firmwares have 
been moved to separate packages (firmware-linux-nonfree in this specific 

Since this will make a lot of users unhappy[0] the installer offers to 
install the additional firmware, probably from some external source, 
like a USB stick or similar.

[0] it's quite difficult do do a *net*install without a working network 
card ;)

> It does not indicate that there is a problem, or that the netinst will
> or will not work without the firmware.  Perhaps a better message saying
> what requires the firmware, whether or not there is an open source
> option, and the ability to use it, and whether or not the device will
> work.
> Overall the message is very, vague to an end user, a little
> clarification would be good.

You are probably right about this. If it hasn't been requested before 
you might want to file an installation report.

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