[Mageia-dev] Non-free firmwares in installer

Wolfgang Bornath molch.b at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 24 11:42:47 CET 2011

2011/3/24 Olivier Blin <mageia at blino.org>:
> Thorsten van Lil <tvl83 at gmx.de> writes:
>> Am 24.03.2011 09:57, schrieb Wolfgang Bornath:
>>> 2011/3/24 Ahmad Samir<ahmadsamir3891 at gmail.com>:
>>>> On 24 March 2011 02:58, Dexter Morgan<dmorganec at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>> On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 1:38 AM, Ahmad Samir<ahmadsamir3891 at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>>> Has the Free DVD in Mandriva ever contained non-free firmware?
>>>>> No, but the question is more , will we provide a "non free" dvd iso,
>>>>> and this question is i think interesting.
>>> 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.
>> What about a DVD including non-free packages but has the option to not
>> install them?
>> I think the majority of the users don't care that much about
>> proprietary issues, they just need them for using there wireless card
>> or graphic card. Those how do care can just uncheck the non-free part
>> of the DVD. :)
> Yep, it could just be an option. The desktop selection step seems to be a
> good place in the installer to include it, it is visible enough, and
> right before packages installation. Though it would have to be renamed.
> We could have a checkbox "Install proprietary drivers if needed
> (non-free software)", ticked by default.

Are you aware that this would mean that Mageia is not a "free
distribution" as planned? No matter how you phrase the question and
how many checkboxes a user would have to check, if non-free contents
is included in an ISO it is not a free ISO anymore.


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