[Mageia-dev] Non-free firmwares in installer

Wolfgang Bornath molch.b at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 24 10:22:45 CET 2011

2011/3/24 Thomas Backlund <tmb at iki.fi>:
> Wolfgang Bornath skrev 24.3.2011 10:57:
>> 2011/3/24 Ahmad Samir<ahmadsamir3891 at gmail.com>:
>>> It can't be "free" and have "non-free" firmware... previously the
>>> firmware only were on the Live CD's. I am not sure anything has been
>>> changed in that regard (i.e. I didn't see the matter get discussed
>>> yet).
>> Correct. It's the same dilemma you have in Mandriva. You either need a
>> cable attached to use the free edition or you have to use the "ONE
>> Edition" and install all the needed software later (ex:
>> system-config-printer, which is not on the ONE cds). If you want to
>> have a free distribution there's no way around this as long as there
>> is the need for non-free firmware to use certain hardware.
>> A possible solution for people with such a setup could be a non-free
>> "driver cd ISO" which they could include in the installation process.
> This is actually a very good idea, and already supported by the installer,
> so it should work nicely...
> I think this is the way to do it...

I'll open an "enhancement" bug for that.


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