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

On Mon, 25 Oct 2004, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> 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?

So your argument is, in effect, that because we can't ship DFSG Free
computers (I mean, the system "requires" them after all) then we
should just give up and go home?

Or are you trying to say that because we can't satisfy SC 1 for
hardware, we should also ignore it for software?

Don Armstrong

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