plugwash wrote:penpen wrote:If you don't have an ethernet connection, just wireless (unlikely, but it could happen), could one just download all the .deb files for those packages, burn them to a disc, install them and still use module-assistant to compile the module? (I guess you'd have to download all the dependencies too)
possible but painfull, you will spend a lot of time hunting down dependencies.
if you have access to a debian system on a fast connection it should be possible to use debmirror to download a copy of contrib and non-free and burn it to DVD (note: such a DVD is almost certainly illegal to distribute). Using that as a local repositry combined with the first DVD for free stuff it should be fairly easy to set up wireless and the like.
actually, this is what i ended up doing on my last debian install (manually downloading the packages)..it was a pain, but once I had them all on my usb drive I was good to go. I have a decent connection, but I just wanted to download the packages I needed to get the base system to be able to connect to the internet so I would be able to upgrade things from there.