absurd: network connection required to obtain a network driver

Oliver Grawert ogra at ubuntu.com
Fri Jul 4 09:06:51 UTC 2008

Am Donnerstag, den 03.07.2008, 16:47 -0400 schrieb Bud Roth:
> You've identified an issue regarding copies of Ubuntu CDs that, while a
> valid concern, can be addressed.  (I'm a lawyer, not a developer, so
> that's where my strengths and weaknesses fall.)  Broadcom wouldn't agree
> to let Canonical distribute the network card driver with its CDs if
its not even the driver, there are two free driver implementations we
ship in the kernel (b43 and bcm43xx), but they both need to use the
firmware which you can easily pull off a legally owned Windows or OS X
CD with the jockey tool, it specifically offers a file selection option
to give it a CD location to pull the firmware from.

and if you dont know what firmware is or how to handle it, we even ship
two tools on the CD that enable you to use a windows drivers .sys file
right away.

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