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Re: Don't understand the trouble with firmware !

On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 07:02:03PM +0200, Michelle Konzack wrote:
> I think, there is realy no problem to put closed-source firmware in 
> "non-free" but make it easy to get the firmware downloaded (with wget) 
> if we can not distribute it with Debian (like the mgmt.o)

The problem is that some of that firmwares are needed e.g. for some
ethernet cards (which could cause installation of the system impractical 
or difficult on many off-the-shelf systems) or for common graphic cards.

That's not a simple problem of 'modules'. In some cases it could require 
to patch properly and rebuild the X server, the kernel or what else. 
Of course all that could be done, but I personally cannot find a good 
reason why John Newbie could be find convenient to do that, instead of 
installing Fedora or what else.

And what if next processors will require downloading firmware to work?

Francesco P. Lovergine

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