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

On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 04:12:20PM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Brian Thomas Sniffen <bts@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> > OK.  What course of action do you advocate?  So far I hear you telling
> > other people they're wrong -- useful if they are, not so useful if
> > they're the least wrong of all possible arguments -- but I haven't
> > heard what you'd like to do about the firmware issue.
> Modify the social contract to create a new section that would be
> distributed alongside main, and put the firmware in there. This doesn't
> compromise our desire to keep main free of non-free material, and nor
> does it result in us being unable to support vast swathes of users.

'Main' is what we ship.  Splitting it into two parts and calling one part
something else does not make it any different.  If you're going to try to
amend the social contract, you might as well amend itto allow non-free
firmware into main (after satisfactorily defining 'firmware', of course).


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