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Re: Don't understand the trouble with firmware !

On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 10:10:31AM -0300, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-05-26 at 09:52, A Mennucc wrote:
> > to fix ideas, let's write a short fiction story
> Lovely story, but it has already happened (albeit not yet with CPUs).
> The non-free nVidia drivers exist.  Debian doesn't include them.  There
> is a Free alternative, and those who choose to stick with an entirely
> Free solution can happily use it, (though it is less capable than the
> non-free version,) or choose different hardware altogether.  Yet in the
> face of all of this, Debian has not yet faded to irrelevance.  So what's
> your point?  Compromise our standards, "or else"?  I don't think so. 
> Why bother with Debian at all, if you're going to take that stance?

Sorry Ben, but this kind of issues with processors are a bit more
substantial than any firmware problem for graphic cards support.
You can always install debian in that case and solve X support problems
in a second time. That could be impossible for processor firmwares. 
I'd like simply to see some reasonable execeptions too general rules
considered by policy to avoid substantial problems in a not too 
far bad future... 

But again it's a problem of pragmatism vs ideology :)
So I had the damn suspect there's not a solution acceptable for all.
Let the majority express its idea and go ahead, without discussing
for ever on the angels sex.

Francesco P. Lovergine

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