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Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing



On Thu, Nov 14, 2002 at 04:41:51AM +0900, Junichi Uekawa wrote:
> We still need some non-free software for interfacing with 
> closed and non-free hardware.
> 
> We have printer drivers (PIPS?), and other things, for example.

Some might consider that a good argument, until one realizes that Debian
doesn't have the power to actually solve that problem.

A lot of driver software isn't even licensed such that we can distribute
in non-free.  Consider the Matrox proprietary XFree86 drivers, various
softmodem drivers like Lucent's[1], etc.

So, does continuing to distribute the non-free archive mean that we can
proudly delcare that Debian GNU/Linux Will Support Your Hardware?

Well, no.

[1] http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/Ltmodem.html

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