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

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 11:38:31AM +0000, Aurelien Jarno wrote:
> Romain Beauxis a écrit :
> > Le Tuesday 21 October 2008 13:10:28 Peter Clifton, vous avez écrit :
> >> Having no source-code for firmware is hardly that different to having a
> >> completely open-source driver which does un-told magic by poking
> >> un-documented registers in a complex chip. Think Intel graphics before
> >> they released documentation for (some of) their chips.
> > 
> > Agreed, though it does not restrain us from asking for free firmware.
> > 
> > If I recall well, one of the origin of the GNU fondation was the fact that 
> > having free drivers alowed one to actually *fix* issues he may have with his 
> > *own* hardware. Then, the very same reasoning can apply to binary firmware.
> > 
> > So, yes this is a brand new issue, that comes from the new way of designing 
> > hardware. But that doesn't mean we should give up and remain behind the line 
> > that was drawn 20 (or so) years ago. We now should also ask for open source 
> > firmware for the very same reason that this huge effort toward free drivers 
> > was done. If we did it for drivers, there's no reason we can't suceed for 
> > firmwares.
> > 
> And we should delay the release by 5 years until we have them...

I fear the hardware will be old at that time…

·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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