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Re: LCC and blobs

On 11 Dec 2004, at 11:16 pm, Josselin Mouette wrote:

Le samedi 11 décembre 2004 à 23:12 +0000, Tim Cutts a écrit :
If Debian tries to be too rigid, we run a serious risk of consigning
ourselves to history, because people just won't install Debian any more
if it doesn't work out-of-the-box on most hardware - and the time is
pretty much already here that most systems contain at least one
component that loads firmware from disk every boot.

"Most systems" ? Come on.

I don't think it's the case today, but I think that it will be soon. It's the way the world is going.

Furthermore, compromising our ideals just to run on more hardware is not
a good idea. When there are technical solutions to run Debian on this
hardware without such a compromise, this becomes completely stupid.

But they are technical solutions that cause a great deal of effort for the user, and like meeting people, meeting a new distribution is very much a matter of first impressions counting. If the new user, especially a relatively non-computer-savvy one, finds that their shiny new Debian install doesn't work on their network card, they'll just try again with a different distro, or go back to Windows.

I don't know what the answer is here, but I think this problem is likely to get more acute, and could seriously degrade Debian's ease of use -- which is already not something it has a fantastic reputation for -- and thereby its popularity.


Dr Tim Cutts
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