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As Broadcom wireless adapters are installed in most laptops, It stands to reason that the drivers, firmware etc. should be preinstalled as part of the installation process. I am aware that they are proprietary, but so are other the other items when the option is checked at the beginning of the installation.

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Those "other things" aren't included on the CD. They're downloaded. Are you suggesting it downloads a network driver without a network driver? "What good is a phone call... if you're unable to speak?", etc.

But you've essentially answered your own question. They're not included because they're proprietary.

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  • So are many other things, such as flash installed during a 'clean' installation. I just don't see why some proprietary things are allowed during installation but not something as critical as a wireless connection. Nov 28, 2013 at 16:37
  • I think the main thing is it's a network driver. Even if there was an opt-in system for it, it'd need a network connection.
    – Oli
    Nov 28, 2013 at 16:56
  • During installation, the CD/USB is checking the hardware, and an internal wireless adaptor is definitely hardware. As the needed drivers are in the repositories, shouldn't this be a part of the installation? I can do this stuff blindfolded by now, but to be a mainstream OS, this seems to be such a simple thing to include. Nov 29, 2013 at 18:05

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