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

Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> wrote:

> Fundamentally, if I can say "apt-get install driver" and have the driver
> work (at least for some hardware), it's main; if I have to first track
> down and install some non-free pieces, it's contrib.  This "but it's not
> the driver that needs it, the driver just gives it to the device!" just
> feels like yet more flimsy rationalizing-around-the-social-contract.

Oh, come off it. The social contract says:

"We provide the guidelines that we use to determine if a work is "free"
in the document entitled "The Debian Free Software Guidelines". We
promise that the Debian system and all its components will be free
according to these guidelines. We will support people who create or use
both free and non-free works on Debian. We will never make the system
require the use of a non-free component."

I see nothing that suggests that "non-free component" is only meant to
apply to material shipped by Debian. Nor is there any suggestion that it
applies only to software (which is unsurprising, given the care taken to
remove all reference to software). How do you claim that the social
contract allows us to ship any drivers that require non-free firmware,
even if they're on the PCB?

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.legal@srcf.ucam.org

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