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firmware files (Re: Bug#221709: ITP: at76c503a-source -- at76c503a driver source)

On Nov 19, Oliver Kurth <okurth@gmx.net> wrote:

 >The firmware is needed. Without it, the device is completely dumb.
 >But there are some devices which can store the fw permanently. Also,
 >the fw is distributed on their (windows) installation CDs.
Make an unofficial package which will contain just the firmware and
distribute it from your web site. This is what I will do for my own
When sarge+1 will be released with a list of tens of unofficial
repositories for firmwares maybe somebody will realize that some
firmwares will probably never be free software, and restricting their
distribution will not help encouraging developers to write free ones.
Beware: I accept arguments about how using a non-free firmware is
unacceptable only from people who have none in their hardware, and I'm
sure that nobody here qualifies. Saying that some non-free software is
OK because it comes in a EEPROM instead of on a CD is hypocrisy.

In main there are already other free drivers for devices which require a
firmware, so this is not a problem. The policy requires packages in main
to "not require a package outside of main for compilation or execution",
and the driver itself is fully functional even without the firmware.
(The device may be a paperweight, but policy does not cover this.)

ciao, |
Marco | [3172 l'XoRKaZ02QyI]

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