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

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM, Aurelien Jarno <aurel32@debian.org> wrote:

> 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.

May I ask how many computers does the project debian use, which have
closed source BIOSes (or equivalent)?
Should those machines be shutdown until there is enough coreboot
supported [1] hardware available?
And, may I ask an other question:
should we really consider ourselves free, while we are just using free
software, but not hardware?
Should we stop using computers of which we don't have the projects, of
which we don't know the internal structure?
Should we stop using computers at all?

[1] http://www.coreboot.org

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