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Re: NEW handling: About rejects, and kernels

Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> wrote:
> Scripsit Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk>
>>> I'm ok with (1), provided we do it in the non-free archive.
>> This does present certain logistical problems for producing installers.
> Which ones?

non-free isn't part of Debian. Using loadable firmware is becoming
increasingly common in hardware design. In the fairly near future, most
modern hardware is likely to require it in order to allow installation. 

> It would be a better course of action to solve those problems than to
> deliberately mislabel non-free firmware as free.

I'm not suggesting that we claim that firmware is Free, but putting it
in non-free is:

(a) going to result in an awkward situation for installation, and
(b) not likely to provide any extra freedom to the user

I've suggested before that creating a separate section for firmware may
be the best solution.
Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org

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