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Re: LCC and blobs

On Mon, Dec 27, 2004 at 09:45:32PM -0500, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> Right: some emulators are fairly useless without some kind of image (eg. a
> BIOS image), just as some drivers are fairly useless without some kind of
> image (eg. a firmware blob).  If all of the pieces were packaged, foo-driver
> would probably Depend on foo-driver-firmware, and a Playstation emulator
> might depend on psx-bios-image, but the icq client wouldn't depend on
> icq-server. (Not that policy's Depends: is necessarily equivalent to the
> SC's "require" in all cases, but it seems to line up here.)
> icq-client does require access to a server to be useful, but there's no
> expectation that that server be installable by the machine running the
> client; the lack of an icq-server package is not a "piece missing" from
> the client.

Yet the ICQ client is not useful without a component which is not in
Debian and in fact is not freely available.

If the emulators were extended to be able to fetch some basic ROM images 
off the internet by themselves (eg via HTTP), could they go in main?

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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