long package description is a non-description

Bug #409455 reported by Martin-Éric Racine on 2009-08-05
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux-restricted-modules (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The package description for all linux-restricted-modules packages gives a rather vague long description that makes it very difficult for someone to decide whether they need this package or not. As far as I can tell, it only contains the old Atheros and Broadcom wireless drivers that might still be needed by some legacy hardware not yet covered by ath5k or b43, but it's only a guess and one that the user shouldn't have to make. Rather, the long description should tell the user exactly what drivers the linux-resricted-modules package actually contains.

Something like this might work:

Description: Non-free Linux kernel modules for version 2.6.28 on x86/x86_64
 This package provides restricted modules for Linux version 2.6.28 on
 These modules are "restricted" because they are not available under a
 completely Free licence.
 The modules provide support for legacy Atheros and Broadcom WiFi adapters
 that are not yet covered by Free modules ath5k and b43 respectively.
 You likely do not want to install this package directly. Instead, install
 the linux-restricted-modules-generic meta-package, which will ensure that
 upgrades work correctly, and that supporting packages are also installed.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
Package: linux-restricted-modules-generic
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: linux-meta
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-14-generic i686

Martin-Éric Racine (q-funk) wrote :
affects: linux-meta (Ubuntu) → linux-restricted-modules (Ubuntu)
Changed in linux-restricted-modules (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
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