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Re: how to download the packages in Debian testing non-free before installing?

Sven Joachim wrote:
On 2012-01-18 23:03 +0100, lee wrote:

Sven Joachim wrote:
On 2012-01-18 20:58 +0100, lee wrote:

Will I be able to get the wireless working with the first DVD before
making any changes to the hard disks?

If you want to get it working during installation, you have to provide
the firmware, e.g. on a USB stick.  And if you need WPA/WPA2 support,
you need a recent version of the Debian installer.

Yes, I do need WPA/WPA2 support --- and it seems that for the wireless card, I will also need the firmware.

Hm, what´s the point in having the firmware only and not the software to
get the wireless card to work? Apparently, I need software from the
non-free section which isn´t included on the DVDs, so having the
firmware only get´s me no more than like half the way.

No, what makes you think so?  There should be a driver for your card in
the kernel, unless the device is too new.  And it's only the firmware
which is not free.

The instructions on [1] make me think so. They tell me to add the non-free section to apts sources list, to update the list of available packages and then to install the "firmware-iwlwifi" and "wireless-tools" packages. However, before these packages are installed, I can´t get a wireless connection, and without the wireless connection, I cannot install these packages because I cannot download anything at all. And these packages are not included in the DVD or CD images that are available for download, either.

Are there any DVD or CD images of the non-free section for download?

[1]: http://wiki.debian.org/iwlagn

The Squeeze installer itself does not support WPA, but the Wheezy
installer does.

Wheezy is Testing, afair? I want to install Testing anyway: Will that
work with the D/I from testing when I have the firmware ready,

Probably, although you may run into other bugs.

Hm, is the current installer too buggy to be usable? I´ve had that before ...

or will
there still be software (from non-free) missing needed to make a
wireless connection?

I don't think Debian even ships any software related to wireless in
non-free, except for firmware.

Hmmm ... So before I start, I might download the official installer, the unofficial installer and the firmware and first see how far I get with the official installer and the firmware. If that doesn´t work, I can still try the unofficial installer. That sounds like a plan :)

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