[Mageia-dev] Non-free firmwares in installer

Ahmad Samir ahmadsamir3891 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 01:38:41 CET 2011

2011/3/24 JA Magallón <jamagallon at ono.com>:
> Hi...
> First of all, I have tried alpha2 on a couple systems, and apart from some
> glitches it works pretty fine, I could even work regularly on it...
> But there is just one thing that disappointed me.
> It looks that there is no non-free soft in installer DVD. I can live without
> nVidia drivers till I add non-free repos and reconfigure X after first boot,
> but for that I _need networking_.
> I tried this on a laptop and on a non-wired desktop. In both cases the
> wireless adapters were recognized, but were not activated because they
> needed binary firmware blobs (intel for the laptop, Linksis PCI wifi
> card for the desktop). The pain is that the desktop only network is
> WiFi, no possibility to run a cable to my router from the opposite corner
> of the house :(. So pick your USB stick and take a walk.
> I suppose the same problem will be very common, for laptops and desktops.
> Is there any possibility to include firmwares in the installed DVD ?
> Could the rules be relaxed a bit or not ?
> If people have only one computer, routed via wifi, they are in trouble...
> As I said, you can live with free drivers for graphics, but you can't
> without network :)).
> --
> J.A. Magallon <jamagallon()ono!com>     \               Software is like sex:
>                                         \         It's better when it's free

Has the Free DVD in Mandriva ever contained non-free firmware?

Ahmad Samir

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