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Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?

Marco d'Itri wrote:
evan@debian.org wrote:
Of course, there's shades of gray, here. If all the driver does is emit
a message CAN'T FIND NON-FREE FIRMWARE, ABORTING without the firmware,
it's hard to say that it doesn't depend on the firmware. But if the

This applies to almost every driver in the Linux kernel.

/usr/src/linux$ grep --directories=recurse -i -c firmware drivers/* | grep -v :0$ | wc -l
/usr/src/linux$ grep --directories=recurse -i -c firmware drivers/* | grep :0$ | wc -l

Less than 14% of the driver source files in 2.4.26 even mention the word 'firmware'. Hardly 'almost every driver'.

> Are you ready to move most of the kernel to non-free too?

I couldn't swear to it, but aren't the few drivers that do need firmwares being removed from the Debian kernel?

2.4.19 README.Debian:
>Non-free bits removed:
>* Keyspan firmware.
>* SMC Token Ring firmware, driver disabled.
>* ACENIC firwmare, driver disabled.
>* DGRS firmware, driver disabled.
>* DAB firmware, driver disabled.

Lewis Jardine

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