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Re: No Wifi Option




Quoting Brian (2019-05-04 22:01:07)
> On Sat 04 May 2019 at 21:32:19 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> 
> > Hi Terrill,
> > 
> > Quoting Terrill Wallace (2019-05-04 20:44:24)
> > > I am trying to install Debian 9 on my desktop but within the install I 
> > > am not given a Wifi Option. Can you please help me with this issue?
> > 
> > Most likely the wifi device built into your computer requires non-free 
> > firmware, which is not included with Debian.
> 
> Quite possibly.
>  
> > Best option (from a Free Software standpoint) is to buy a wifi dongle 
> > which works with Free Software.  See e.g. https://wiki.debian.org/WiFi
> 
> Indeed.
>  
> > Alternatively (if you don't mind the legal implications that comes with 
> > including non-free formware to your installation) look for the 
> > unofficial debian-installer image which includes non-free firmware.
> 
> Are there legal implications with a user installing non-free software
> as long as they follow the conditions?

I am not a lawyer - please have your own lawyer consult you regarding 
the licensing terms involved - i.e. possibly some of these: 
https://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/non-free/f/firmware-nonfree/


> Debian, of course, decided it cannot distribute such software. That is
> why we have the pragmatic nonsense of having official and unofficial
> installers.

It seems you are mistaken: Debian can and evidently do distribute such 
software - just not as part of a Free Software distribution.¹

Feel free to label it nonsense if that makes you happy.  Cheers!


 - Jonas


¹ exactly _because_ Debian distributes such software the GNU project 
classifies Debian as not-really Free Software project.

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