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Re: status of 2.6.7 ? (Was Re: Bug#256763: kernel-image-2.6.6-i386: not ready for sarge just yet)

On Sat, Jul 03, 2004 at 11:45:24PM +0200, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> Sven Luther wrote:
> [snip]
> > > > For more info, read the debian-vote mailing lists archive.

> > > > And welcome to debian politics :)

> > > Hmm, I wonder what this means for the firmware blob issues..
> > Firmware is software, they can't be considered as data or documentation
> > by any stretch of the imagination, so they still need to go, i think.
> I can't see that. Properly licensed firmware was ok under the old
> release policy/SC interpretation, and the vote simply reverts to
> that one until sarge releases.

It is not that simple.

The only thing that http://www.debian.org/vote/2004/vote_004 changed is
that the DFSG is not applied to everything in Debian but only to
"software" which allows us to ship non-free docs in main.

The problem with the firmware is orthogonal to that it is the kernel's
license - the kernel is GPL, therefore you need to provide Sourcecode
for all parts (including the firmware) to be allowed to distribute it at
all. Otherwise you are breaking the license.

I do not like this but I am completely at loss to argue differently.
                   cu andreas

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