Re: LCC and blobs
Josselin Mouette <email@example.com> writes:
> Le samedi 11 décembre 2004 à 11:44 -0800, Brian Nelson a écrit :
>> > For a single package that won't work without the binary blob, that's a
>> > good policy.
>> It's a completely inconsistent and arbitrary policy.
>> Virtually *all* device drivers in existance require a binary blob to
>> work. It's up to the manufacturer to provide the binary blob to the
>> user when they purchase the device. Some devices have the blob on the
>> hardware itself; for others, the manufactures ship it on CD or make it
>> downloadable from a website. Some manufactures allow us to distribute
>> it; others don't. We should not care what they do. That's up to the
>> manufacturer's and the users of their hardware to work out.
> We shouldn't care about how the hardware actually works. The question is
> only about what we distribute. If we distribute a package that cannot do
> anything without a non-free part which cannot be in Debian, it should go
> in contrib. If we distribute a package that mostly works, but provides
> added functionality when some non-free stuff is installed (e.g. read
> realplayer or WMV9 files), it can go into main.
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