Calamares installer lacks a way to install proprietary drivers

Bug #1825286 reported by Walter Lapchynski on 2019-04-18
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
calamares-settings-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
Critical
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Bug Description

Whereas ubiquity has a way to install third-party proprietary drivers, such as for Broadcom wireless chips or NVIDIA graphics, Calamares does not. As it stands, Calamares offers no warning about this, leaving installs in potential unusable states without additional packages being installed. Graphics issues can most likely be circumvented with virtual terminals but the process of dealing with a wireless chip is much more difficult, unless ethernet is readily available.

Solving this will likely require a new Calamares module to be created to deal specifically with this. Whether or not it would have any value to other distros is a question, so we lump this with the more unique package calamares-settings-ubuntu which also includes our unique automirror module.

Meanwhile the workarounds:
 1. Use ethernet and the `ubuntu-drivers` command or the tab in `software-properties-qt`, through virtual terminals if needed
 2. Figure out the right package with the drivers you need (a much larger topic in and of itself), find someone with an internet conneciton, download the deb files and all their required dependencies, transfer those files to your computer (e.g. thumb-drive) and install them with `qapt-deb-installer` or `plasma-discover`

Lubuntu is tracking a resolution here:
https://phab.lubuntu.me/T68

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 19.04
Package: calamares-settings-lubuntu (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.0.0-8.9-generic 5.0.1
Uname: Linux 5.0.0-8-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.10-0ubuntu25
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: LXQt
Date: Wed Apr 17 21:41:15 2019
InstallationDate: Installed on 2019-04-09 (8 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Lubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" - Alpha amd64 (20190407)
SourcePackage: calamares-settings-ubuntu
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Walter Lapchynski (wxl) wrote :
Walter Lapchynski (wxl) on 2019-04-18
Changed in calamares-settings-ubuntu (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Critical
Walter Lapchynski (wxl) on 2019-04-18
description: updated
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:
http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/reports/bugs/1825286

tags: added: iso-testing
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