brainstorming for UDS-N - Hardware Compatibility

Daniel Chen seven.steps at
Thu Sep 30 15:35:00 BST 2010

On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM, Jorge O. Castro <jorge at> wrote:
> Along the same lines it would be nice if the installer would try to
> get the backported drivers during installation if it finds that the
> shipped driver doesn't work. I had a machine during the Karmic cycle
> that needed a backported driver to get wireless, the only way I knew
> it was a trivial fix was that I knew about the package.

Taking the case of a wireless driver needed from a backported kernel
or l-b-m, there would need to be additional logic to handle attempting
such a download only if a matching signed Ubuntu repository for that
release were reachable.  It seems reasonable enough.

> Come to think of it, are there situations where the user wouldn't
> benefit from just having the backported driver in there by default?
> (Like in point releases and whatnot)

I suspect available space on the live CD images is of concern, but I
see no reason why the backported driver couldn't be included on the
DVD image (additionally, newer hardware tends to ship with drives
capable of reading these larger images).


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