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

Raul Miller <moth@debian.org> wrote:
>> moth@debian.org wrote:
>> >In cases where firmware is basically indistinguishable from hardware,
>> >we treat it as hardware, and not as software.
> On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 12:27:09PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> Really? Which part of policy states this?
> Historical practice.

Historical practice allowed non-free material that wasn't code into
main. We argued that this was not allowed under the social contract and
the DFSG, and in the end people were forced to agree. I am now arguing
that the social contract gives us no right to engage in this form of
historical practice - given the current wording of the social contract,
I think you'll find it difficult to argue otherwise.

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

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