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

Raul Miller <moth@debian.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 25, 2004 at 11:46:03PM +0100, 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).
> Do you really not see the references to Software in that quoted text?

The Debian Free Software Guidelines are used to determine the freeness
or otherwise of any component of the Debian system or anything that it
relies upon. That was made clear in the discussion surrounding the GR
that changed the wording.

>> 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?
> In cases where firmware is basically indistinguishable from hardware,
> we treat it as hardware, and not as software.

"Where it suits us, we ignore the social contract".

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

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