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Re: more evil firmwares found

On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 08:03:42PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> Norbert Tretkowski wrote:
> > * Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> >> Marco d'Itri wrote:
> >> > No, the point is that most people do not care if a firmware has to
> >> > be uploaded by a driver instead of being flashed in the device.
> >> 
> >> Most people do not care whether their software is free or not.
> >> Debian does.
> > 
> > Thus Debian shouldn't run on hardware which requires non-free binary
> > firmware?
> *sigh* Are you deliberately missing the point?
> Debian supports users of non-free software.  Similarly, Debian supports
> users of hardware which requires non-free software, such as the hardware
> you're talking about.  However, the Debian system itself does not contain
> non-free software.

So basically what you are implying is that Debian should support
non-free more than it currently does, due to the fact that the kernel or
at least a fairly sizable portion of it will need to move to non-free.
Of course it won't be official Debian but in practice it will cause
Debian to support non-free software even more than it has in the past
with needed non-free security update support and autobuilder support.
Also Debian will need to provide debian-installer images for non-free
as well so that people with hardware that really does need that
non-free software will be able to install Debian.


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