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Re: Bug#239952: kernel-source-2.6.4: qla2xxx contains non-free firmware

Marco d'Itri wrote:

> On Mar 26, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> wrote:
>> There is no shortage of "modern" hardware without these problems. I
> Yes, there is for some categories of hardware: all USB DSL modems,
> many (all?) recent DVB-S cards, many recent and very common wifi network
> cards.
> You may not /need/ this kind of hardware, but other people do.
Debian's job is not "to support all possible hardware, with non-free
software if necessary, by claiming that that software is free". Or is it,
and have I misread the Social Contract?  :-)

>> don't own any hardware with these problems. It's not like users don't
>> have a choice in the matter. Your argument is equivalent to "I bought
>> a winmodem so Debian should ship Windows".
> It's obviously not, as all the hardware I'm discussing has proper free
> linux drivers.

The point is that it doesn't work without the non-free software, in this
case the firmware; just as the WinModems don't work without non-free
software.  It's really a very comparable case.

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