[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Debian's Linux kernel continues to regress on freedom

On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 10:30:52AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Sep 2007 12:42:56 +0300, Riku Voipio <riku.voipio@iki.fi> said: 
> > On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 12:39:05AM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> >> Non-free material is being included in main for the benefit of
> >> *precisely zero* users.  There's no two ways about this: this is a
> >> Social Contract violation.
> > Kernel has 736[1] open bugs, including ones that corrupt data and make
> > other packages fail to build. All but one affect actual users.
> > Does the Social Contract really mandate that we should fix bugs
> > affecting 0 users before dealing with bugs that actually degrade the
> > user experience?
>         I think you are framing the question in a biased manner.  The
>  inclusion of non-free software often does not directly impair
>  operations or degrade utility for most users -- they often are not
>  concerned about exercising the freedoms that are being curtailed. But
>  we have common cause in promoting free software, we acknowledge that
>  non-free software is harmful, and we relegate it to a a repository that
>  is not part of Debian, but it exists for users who want the
>  functionality and do not care about the freedom aspect.
>         So, in my opinion, getting rid of the non-fee material, and
>  actually conforming to our social contract is indeed worth more than
>  fixing these other bugs -- how many of those are release critical, as
>  this bob-free material issue is?
>         There is also the factor of the social contract being our given
>  word, and people trusting us -- if we can not be expected to even try
>  to keep our word on the social contract, what _can_ we be trusted with?

IF you really think so, then why did you sabotage my efforts to reach a
GR which could be used as a basis to address this issue with the
hardware manufacturers last year ? 


Sven Luther

Reply to: