Re: LCC and blobs
On Sat, Dec 11, 2004 at 11:50:44AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Brian Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > It's a completely inconsistent and arbitrary policy.
> It's hardly that. We distribute only free software, that's our rule.
I thought the post
demonstrated quite well why the policy is arbitrary.
> The rest, as you say, is for the manufacturer and the user to work
> out, but we disvalue non-free software, and so we don't distribute it
> in main. (And packages which require it go into contrib.)
> You only see it as inconsistent because you think the relevant
> consideration is "do we support this hardware", and you don't care how
> we support it. Most of us *do* care; we support it provided we can do
> so without distributing non-free software, because Debian is 100% Free
> Software. Things we cannot support with free software we do not
> support. This is not an inconsistent policy; this is the core of what
> Debian stands for.
It's software either way. The difference is in how the manufacturer
ships it to you. Why should that make a difference to Debian?
> To say it is arbitrary is worse, because that insults the motives of
> the people who disagree with you.
There's a time and a place for that I think.
Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>