On Sat, 2008-10-25 at 18:28 -0200, Alexandre Oliva wrote: > Hi again, > > I've been watching the discussion and the separation of firmware from > kernel sources with a lot of interest, but today it dawned on me that, > even if this project is completed, it wouldn't quite address the issue > of compliance with Debian procedures and regulations. > > I understand main is supposed to be self-contained, and not depend on > software in contrib (or non-free, for that matter). > > My understanding is that portions of the Debian system that depend on > non-Free Software, in spite of being Free themselves, belong in > contrib, not in main. > > If my understanding above is correct, then kernel drivers that require > on non-Free firmware should not be in main, but rather in contrib, and > the non-Free firmware itself (if shipped at all) ought to be in > non-free. [...] The relationship from linux-image-2.6.* to firmware-* cannot be described as Depends or Recommends, because most systems do not require the drivers in question. Therefore linux-image-2.6.* can continue in main without the drivers being separated out, though the sourceless firmware should be. See policy sections 2.2.1 and 7.2. Ben.
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