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Re: LCC and blobs

On Dec 25, Brian Thomas Sniffen <bts@alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> > Yet, CF is actually chips --- often the same chips as used to hold
> > firmware distributed with hardware. Thus, it's all hardware.
> Sure.  It's on a medium for software exchange, thus it's software.  If
> it were an integral component of a device, it'd be hardware.  I've
This is an interesting criteria, but which part of the policy or of
the social contract specifies it?

> never been confused when looking at such things; the closest case I've
> found to confusing is the MP3 player, which has its OS on disk.  I'm
> inclined to say that it's software to the MP3 player, an architecture
> which Debian does not support.  It's hardware, a drive, to the
> (Intel?) Debian-supported PC to which it's connected.
So a driver for an USB MP3 player requiring a non-free firmware is OK
for you, but a driver for an USB DSL modem requiring a non-free firmware
is not?


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