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Re: Bug#446028: ITP: tg3dfsg -- firmware free Broadcom Tigon3 network driver

On Thu, 2007-10-11 at 09:42 +0200, Per Olofsson wrote:
> Hi,
> Robert Edmonds wrote:
> > The only rationale for removing the *firmware* is compliance with GR
> > 2006-004...
> Am I missing something here? Didn't that GR fail?
> http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_004

There's no need for a resolution to decide that executable machine code
- whether or not you call it "firmware"[1] - is software.  The relevant
GR is 2006-007, which decided against making a permanent exception for
"firmware" in the kernel.

[1] The term "firmware" should apply only to software that is installed
in non-volatile memory such as ROM or flash, which Debian does not need
to distribute.  What we're talking about here is software for peripheral


Ben Hutchings
The program is absolutely right; therefore, the computer must be wrong.

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