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Re: Purge of firmware to recommence

On Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 02:41:32AM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> Anthony Towns wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 09:31:14PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> >> In addition, a package in 'non-free' will be required to hold the three
> >> firmware files for ATI's cards.
> > *sigh*
> > Please note that this is explicitly _not_ the case. Firmware is okay in
> > main for sarge as long as it's not distributed in a way that violates
> > the GPL.
> However, as long as a *new* package is uploaded, what's the point of putting
> it in 'main', when it will likely have to be moved to 'non-free' later?

The obvious ones are:

	* it's accessible to people who don't care about firmware freeness,
	  but don't want to worry about randomly non-free programs in the
	  traditional sense. there's obviously a huge bunch of people who 
	  think this way.

	* it feasible to make the kernel packages and installer support this
	  for sarge; getting them to support getting firmware for non-free
	  is highly unlikely.

That you don't understand the reasoning behind a policy isn't a good
reason for you to start telling people they have to do things they don't.


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