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Re: Don't understand the trouble with firmware !

On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 11:14:02AM -0300, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> > 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.
> There is the same solution there always has been: keep the non-free
> material out of Debian.  Let the users make the choice.  If they want to
> use non-free, let them.  But as for Debian main, it remains entirely
> Free.

That's great in theory. But, please explain how the poor John Newbie could 
install debian without a cdrom, a floppy (we have not a non-free edition 
of the installation media indeed) and using an unsupported on-board tg3 eth 
on his new great PC. Or explain why a company should prefer a truly free distro 
which is a pain to install on its new HP servers. 
IMHO that's only a way to loose users, not to spread freelosophy.
That's a way to encourage the creation of Debian derivative-distros 
and unofficial media.

Francesco P. Lovergine

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