Linked by crystall on Tue 21st Dec 2010 22:35 UTC
Debian and its clones The Debian project will release the new stable version of debian - Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" - with a completely free Linux kernel. Binary-only firmware and other non-free kernel components will only be available via the non-free repositories and the project is actively encouraging vendors that have not done so already to release their firmware in a form compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
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RE: Firmwares - at least it's easy
by jabbotts on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 20:06 UTC in reply to "Firmwares"
jabbotts
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2007-09-06

grab the non-free driver package, drop it on a usb flashdrive, plug it in then boot off the install disk. Debian installer looks at the usb flashdrive and goes "cool, extra drivers.. let me install that for you". For my servers, Etch had the NIC drivers where Lenny didn't so I learned how to include them from removable media.

Mind you, my personal preference would be a non-free installer. Months back when I last did a Squeeze install the ftp had two images (aprox):

debian-6-netinst.iso
debian-6-netinst-nonfree.iso

Having done a squeeze install yesterday with most recent installer; no "nonfree.iso" available. Luckily the machine's wired NIC is supported so the wifi didn't need to be setup until after the first reboot.

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