when you install debian, images do not contain wifi interface firmware (if it’s not atheros chip, which does not require proprietary firmware), and you need to do the installation by being connected by wired ethernet. thus usually if i install debian for someone, i use cross cable (i know modern ethernet cards are able to work computer to computer without the need of cross cable, but i have one since long ago) and provide them internet, enable ip forwarding, so that the installer would be able to download proprietary firmware.

apparently, there are debian images with non-free firmware, so you don’t need your laptop, when meeting someone to install debian.

https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/

and eventually - wow, what happened, i have never experienced speed like this. usually i would expect ~100-700 kb/s speeds.

#debian #screenshot #firmware

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all “modern” baseband processors (MTK, Qualcomm etc) have ROM bootloaders which perform cryptographic verification of downloaded fw images, and will not boot any image that has not been signed by the secret key corresponding to the public key whose hash is burned into OTP (one-time programmable) fuses right in the modem chip silicon! The FSF term for this freedom-robbing feature is tivoization.

http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2014-January/069211.html

#gta-02 #gta-04 #openmoko #tivoization #mtk #qualcomm #bootloader #fw #firmware #gsm #3g #lte #ept #fsf #freedom

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By GTA0x I meant GTA01 and GTA02. GolDeliCo’ so-called “GTA04” is rather badly misnamed: GTA originally stood for “GSM-TI-AGPS”; thus a device that does not use a GSM chipset from TI cannot be properly called GTA0x.

It is also quite misleading that Nikolaus markets his product as an “upgrade” to the good old Openmoko phones, as it is actually a downgrade: it replaces a free-able GSM modem (i.e., one on which the ability to run 100% free fw is within reach) with a non-freeable one, i.e., one on which such freeing is totally out of reach.

http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2013-October/069022.html

#openmoko #gta-04 #gta-02 #gta-0x #gsm #firmware

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First small steps toward free GSM firmware http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2013-October/069010.html This thread is worth to check out. Also this comment http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2013-October/069022.html

#freedom #free-software #floss #gsm #firmware #gta-02 #gta-0x #gta-04 #openmoko #gsm-ti-agps #ti #free-hardwore #open-hardware #csd #gprs #eminent-domain

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