Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?
Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Brian Thomas Sniffen <email@example.com>:
>> >>Huh? If a driver requires a firmware blob be copied from a driver CD,
>> > Please repeat after me: "drivers do not require firmwares, hardware
>> > devices require firmwares".
>> And the driver requires a functioning hardware device. Thus, the
>> loadable firmware is in the dependency tree of the software Debian
> There are two slight problems with your argument here:
> (1) You wrote "a functioning hardware device", i.e. not necessarily
> the particular device that requires the particular firmware.
Wha? Yes, of course, the Foobozinator driver presumably requires a
functioning Foobozinator, and will not work no matter how many
functioning Quxulators you have plugged in.
> (2) If a driver requires "a functioning hardware device", then
> presumably Debian can't ship the driver in main because Debian doesn't
> include any hardware devices in any part of its distribution!
Debian only expresses dependencies on software. This is known.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org