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Re: DFSG violations in Lenny: Summarizing the choices

On Sat, 2008-11-08 at 14:11 -0500, Theodore Tso wrote:
> So realistically, let's be honest with ourselves.  Not supporting
> devices that require non-free firmwares is not going to help make the
> world a better place.  What it will probably do is that users, once
> they find out that that a Debian install will result in various bits
> and pieces of their hardware being non-functional until they figure
> out how to download various magic firmware components, or manually
> configuring the non-free repository, will probably simply switch to
> another distribution, such as Fedora or Ubuntu.  At which point there
> will be even *fewer* Debian users, and so Debian will have even *less*
> leverage.

I completely agree with the contents of your email, and I would like to
express this here: while I believe Debian must remain committed to
software freedom, we also need to be realistic, and understand that we
must draw a line somewhere. We need to get the word out that we are not
happy with this situation, and push for change, but we need to be
careful not to make Debian lose its relevance.

Notice that I'm not saying that we should make non-free a part of Debian
and stop caring about the DSFG, mind you. I am an advocate of removing
non-free and contrib from Debian servers, actually.

See you,

Gustavo Noronha Silva <kov@debian.org>
Debian Project

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