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Bug#502959: general: raff.debian.org uses non-free software

Le mardi 21 octobre 2008 11:41:14, vous avez écrit :
> Package: general
> Severity: serious
> Justification: DFSG
> raff.debian.org uses a Compaq Smart 5i RAID card. A flash memory is used
> to store the firmware. While the firmware is freely downloadable (as in
> beer) on HP website [1], we don't have the corresponding source code.
> I suggest that someone works with HP to get the corresponding source
> code. Until we found a solution, I recommend we simply shutdown the
> machine.
> [1]
> http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?la


considering this serious issue, instead of shutting down the machine which 
handles two important services [0], I would rather reconfigure the machine to 
use software RAID with mdadm and not using the hardware RAID card which leads 
to unacceptable use of non-free software in the core of Debian buildd's.

This will inevitably lead to temporary shutdown of these two services, which 
would have to be superseeded in another machine, running exclusively free 
software and no non-free blobs... And this needs work by powerful 
and "having-time" DD's, but freedom is maybe at that price.



[0] buildd.debian.org - autobuild master
    keyring.debian.org - debian keyring master and keyserver

Didier Raboud, proud Debian user.
CH-1802 Corseaux

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