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Re: Making Debian available

On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 09:35:01AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> I agree with the original proposal to make it easier to find an installer
> that works (technically) on a broader range of systems, while
> simultaneously being irritated that non-free nonsense is required for most
> commercially-available systems.  Our current approach seems to have an odd
> logic gap to me:
> 1. Everything should be free software (yes)
> 2. Non-free firmware is not free software (yes)
> 3. Requiring it is a bug (yes)
> 4. Therefore we will make it tedious and annoying to install Debian on
>    systems with that bug (?!)
> 5. ???
> 6. More systems will stop requiring non-free software (profit!)
> We've been wandering around in step 5 for a long time now.  I'm not sure
> it's working.
Also, soldering the blob onto the card is considered a correct fix of this
problem by at least some people, because they care about bytes on disks
more than about freedom.


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