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Re: LCC and blobs

On Sat, Dec 11, 2004 at 01:45:01PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> md@Linux.IT (Marco d'Itri) writes:
> > On Dec 11, Goswin von Brederlow <brederlo@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de> wrote:
> > 
> > > Your case of hardware wich already includes firmware is totaly
> > > irelevant since Debian does not distributes hardware, does not even
> > > stand for free hardware nor do debs have to depend on hardware.
> > And why it should be different if that firmware is distributed by the
> > manufacturer on a CD instead of a flash EPROM chip?
> Because in that case the manufacturer is hurting the user by not
> providing source, and we are against that.

?! Read that back to yourself and see if it makes sense.

> The case where the manufacturer hurts the user by hardwiring the
> program into an EPROM is also bad, but Debian is not here to work
> against that.

It's just the same. In both cases, the manufacturer has provided
the firmware, without source, but the driver requires it.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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