Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?
Matthew Garrett <email@example.com> writes:
> Brian Thomas Sniffen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Matthew Garrett <email@example.com> writes:
>>> Regardless of whether this dependency is expressed in our package
>>> management system, most drivers depend on non-free firmware.
>> They depend on the presence of appropriate and properly functioning
>> devices, which are typically implemented using non-free firmware.
>> That's very different.
> I have no interest whatsoever in having an argument about semantics.
What, you want to argue syntax?
> There's no interesting functional difference between these two things,
> except that in one case the driver has to make a call to load the
> firmware and in the other case it doesn't.
And that is a functional difference: in one case the owner of the
device who has downloaded some Debian software has to go get some
other software and load it onto his machine; in the other case he
So indeed, there's no difference but the difference that matters.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org