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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 - 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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