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

bts@alum.mit.edu wrote:

>I think that requiring a hardware upgrade to support behavior is
>irrelevant to free software.  Firmware that's part of the hardware is
>part of the hardware.  Firmware that looks like software is software.
>If Debian *could* ship it, it's software.
This distinction is not clear at all to me. What if I take a dump of the
flash EPROM chip? Does this magically makes the firmware a software?


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