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Re: Bug#1030009: www.debian.org: addition of non-free-firmware for bookworm and higher

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Holger Wansing <hwansing@mailbox.org> (2023-02-11):
> I have already updated several of files you listed (those which changings
> were most likely non-debatable), but now I would like to discuss, what to
> do with files like
> releases/bullseye/debian-installer/index.wml
> releases/bullseye/errata.wml
> releases/buster/debian-installer/index.wml
> releases/buster/errata.wml
> Those old release pages have a warning hint like
> <quote>
> If any of the hardware in your system requires non-free firmware to be 
> loaded with the device driver, you can use one of the tarballs of common 
> firmware packages or download an unofficial image including these non-free 
> firmwares. Instructions how to use the tarballs and general information 
> about loading firmware during an installation can be found in the 
> Installation Guide.
> unofficial images with firmware included - daily builds
> unofficial images with firmware included - weekly builds
> </quote>
> First I thought we can leave this completely untouched, since these
> "images with firmware included" are still there and they are also still
> useful (for some hardware at least), if one wants to install those old 
> releases. 
> But now I would like to propose, we change the "unofficial images with 
> firmware included" phrase, since they are no longer *unofficial* according
> to the non-free-firmware GR.
> Thus I propose to change this into "special images with firmware included"
> for those old releases.
> Comments?

I don't think we should change anything for buster and bullseye. We
aren't going to produce official images with main and non-free-firmware,
and I don't think the current implementation of those unofficial builds
(using non-free) would match the spirit of the GR.

Maybe people feel differently, but the guiding principle behind all the
changes I've driven so far is: the official status is for bookworm and
later (same story as for packages in non-free-firmware, even if that
component popped up in earlier suites in the archive).

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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