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Re: LCC and blobs

Brian Thomas Sniffen <bts@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
>> /why/ those freedoms are no longer necessary. What is it about that code
>> that makes the ability to modify and distribute modified varients less
>> interesting? 
> It's not that it's a less interesting problem to create free
> firmware.  It's just that it's a different problem.  It is not the
> problem addressed by compiling a high-quality OS from free components.

Crap. An OS benefits from free firmware to the same degree that it
benefits from free documentation. Neither are necessary - both are

>> Why is this arbitrary line a good place to say "Oh, we don't care any
>> more"?
> Because if Debian can't reasonably ship it, Debian as a project should
> move the project of freeing it off of the front burner, and not
> compromise utility.

In many cases, Debian /can/ reasonably ship it. There's available code
to reflash large swathes of devices.

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

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