On Thu, Jun 29, 2023 at 06:17:49AM +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
>Package: debian-installer
>Severity: normal
>As mentioned in #1038440 and elsewhere, some of our media builds are
>too big and this is mostly due to inclusion of firmware packages. Some
>growth is not unexpected, but we're including firmware packages that
>are not useful, e.g.:
> * nvidia firmware packages from the nvidia-graphics-drivers* source
>   package are not useful without non-free drivers that we're not
>   shipping in our images
>   (https://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2023/01/msg00157.html)
> * we're currently including raspi-firmware for all arches, while it's
>   only useful for arm*
>I think we could really do with some extra metadata for the firmware
>packages to help us determine what to include on media. Maybe:
> * "this firmware works/does not work with free drivers in Debian"
> * "this is generic firmware, useful for all arches"
> * "this firmware is useful for arches <<foo, bar, baz>> only"
>What other information would be helpful?
>In the meantime, I'm about to add support for firmware-ignore list(s)
>in debian-cd.

And I've just pushed that into unstable now - see commit
1824a6693304cd8923da288610c378b6b18ed62a . The difference is clear,
comparing amd64 trixie netinst images:

-rw-r--r-- 1 debian-cd debian-cd 788529152 Jul  4 15:14 

-rw-r--r-- 1 debian-cd debian-cd 673185792 Jul  4 17:05 

I think that's quite a result! Comparing the ISOs, the differences are
just 5 missing firmware debs:


Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                st...@einval.com
Who needs computer imagery when you've got Brian Blessed?

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