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    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    Debian CDs with firmware included

    We've just posted a news item about the removal of non-free firmware from Debian's Linux kernel packages. Kudos to the kernel team and others for the work involved to make this happen!

    While we would be much happier if these binary blobs were not necessary at all, it's clear that some of our users may depend on them to support the hardware they are using. So, as mentioned in that news item, we've started making some unofficial CD images available that include the non-free firmware packages that we can redistribute. If you need one of these CDs, daily builds are to be found at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/ . Starting with the next debian-installer release (hopefully RC1, coming soon!), we'll be generating fixed versions of these images to match each release too.

    Be aware that these are only netinstall images, equivalent to the normal free netinst images that we normally produce but with the firmware files added. If you want to do an installation entirely from a set of CDs/DVDs/BDs then you will need to burn one of these in addition to that set, then feed the rest of the set when prompted to by the installer.

    13:46 :: # :: /debian/CDs :: 6 comments

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    Re: Debian CDs with firmware included
    Jon wrote on Wed, 15 Dec 2010 22:48

    This is great news, really. A step on the road to install-via-wifi. I hit a road block on a Dell server at work due to the firmware issue too, so generally this is great.


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    Re: Debian CDs with firmware included
    Mich wrote on Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:24

    Thanks for the "firmware included" option.

    However, those who needs this option most may not know of its existence. A link/mention of this option in Debian's main download page should be helpful to them.


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    Re: Debian CDs with firmware included
    vvill wrote on Thu, 16 Dec 2010 03:23

    Steve thanks for the work you have done to get a CD/firmware onto the mirrors... I do my best to keep my kernels from being tainted, although nvidia taints one of mine. I'm really sure that I will be using one of the netinstall+ firmware CDs eventually.. With triple channel ddr3, sata600 and usb3 soon to be on common desktop. And all the gamers screaming in the forum, why doesn't squeeze detect and run my hardware. -("_")+


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    Re: Debian CDs with firmware included
    azhag wrote on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 06:59

    Thanks guys (and gals?).

    Only one questions: are this firmware CDs contains firmware from firmware-linux-nonfree only, or other firmware-* packages too?


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    Re: Debian CDs with firmware included
    Matt wrote on Tue, 16 Oct 2012 01:20

    Perfect. First link I came to after a quick google. Time to get my Debian on :)


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    Re: Debian CDs with firmware included - source.list error?
    Mich wrote on Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00

    Just installed Wheezy using the the unofficial cd image including the nonfree firmware and noticed that the source.list looks like this

    deb http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/debian/debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib deb-src http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/debian/debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib

    deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free

    # wheezy-updates, previously known as 'volatile' deb http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/debian/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib non-free deb-src http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/debian/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib non-free

    Reference http://lists.debian.org/debian-volatile-announce/2012/msg00000.html, understand that volatile is discontinued and replaced by squeeze-update (or in this case, wheezy-updates)

    Reinstall Wheezy using the official netinstall cd with a usb thumbdrive containing the nonfree firmware and the completed installation comes with a source.list that looks like this

    deb http://ftp.riken.jp/Debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib deb-src http://ftp.riken.jp/Debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib

    deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free

    Question - how does the official source list for Wheezy looks like? - with volatile? - with /updates? - without volatile and updates? Or none of the above is correct?

    A simple but import info, appreciate your advice. Thanks in advance.


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