Re: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003
On Sat, 2004-05-01 at 15:13, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> > Then in this case, we would put the drivers into to contrib, and the
> > firmware into non-free.
> No. Drivers do not need a firmware, hardware does.
I would also prefer to interpret policy this way.
Examples of packages which would be included in _contrib_
or _non-US/contrib_ are:
* free packages which require _contrib_, _non-free_ packages
or packages which are not in our archive at all for
compilation or execution, and
* wrapper packages or other sorts of free accessories for
In the following I am talking about drivers from which non-free
software has been removed, but which are still capable of loading
software from user space onto peripherals. Also, I am only
talking about drivers of peripherals for which the only available
software is non-free -- otherwise the driver can obviously go into
Such a driver doesn't require non-free peripheral software in order
to be compiled or in order to execute. Neither can it be called a
"wrapper" of the software that gets loaded onto the peripheral.
For the driver, the peripheral software is just a data blob. I
think that we can compare it to a font editor in a world where no
free fonts have been published, or to a document viewer for some
document format in which format all existing documents happen to be