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Re: Making Debian available

On 2021-01-18 16:35:01 +0000 (+0000), Steve McIntyre wrote:
> Marc Haber wrote:
> >
> >I was not aware of that feature. It is good to have that, but I would
> >be embarrassed to seriously suggest this way because we can't manage
> >to get WLAN working in the installer for political reasons.
> Are we seriously just going to describe our Free Software goals as
> "political reasons"? Should we just abandon them?

Some (and I would argue the most cumbersome) challenges around WLAN
support are governmental. Countries where "software radios" cannot
legally allow the consumer to alter their frequencies, for example.
I would also refer to those as "political reasons" even if they're
not directly tied to the politics of software freedom within Debian.

And yes, governments telling vendors that they're breaking the law
and can be fined or put out of business for allowing their users to
alter the way a device functions is still a software freedom
concern, just one over which Debian may hold little sway.
Jeremy Stanley

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