Re: +1 (Re: Making Debian available)
On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:43:40AM +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 11:14:52AM +0100, Emanuele Rocca wrote:
> > Having the option to opt-out firmware during the installation procedure
> > seems reasonable to me, and I don't think anyone was suggesting
> > otherwise.
> > The situation we are in today is very different though: we build a
> > Defective by Design image that fails to install Debian on lots of
> > computers because it does not include the firmware most WiFi cards need
> > to function. If we were to make a mistake and accidentally include such
> > firmware, people would be able to use what we publish on www.debian.org
> > under the large "Download" button to install Debian on their Thinkpads,
> > and we would consider that a problem. That's insane.
> very well said, thank you!
Yes, we have to embrace firmware blobs.
No for accepting Binary Large OBjects, but for accepting hardware.
When we are not customers of hardware that "needs" blobs,
we are not in a position to negotiation about it.
Silence is hard to parse