Which repository source do I need to add to my sources.list to access the package firmware-linux-nonfree?

I am using Deb 6 testing 32 bit.


tl;dr: add the non-free component to the line that defines the main Debian repository in your /etc/apt/sources.list.

linux-firmware-nonfree is in the non-free Debian component, so you should find the line in /etc/apt/sources.list that looks like deb http://<some url here>/debian <distribution version> main [contrib], and add non-free somewhere after main. Then, to install, run sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree.

If you are using oldstable or stable, you should also add non-free to the security.debian.org lines, if you have them enabled. If you like, you can do the same to both deb-src lines, but it doesn't really matter.

  • The line that worked for me was deb http://mirror.optus.net/debian/ testing main contrib non-free. Thanks for pointing the way!
    – ptrcao
    Sep 11 '11 at 14:05
  • Debian 8 package name: firmware-linux-nonfree Jun 18 '15 at 19:30

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