Re: LCC and blobs
On Thu, 6 Jan 2005, Raul Miller wrote:
> > And of course there's the absurd situation where a manufacturer decides to
> > move firmware from a device from a ROM to a CD and Debian suddenly cannot
> > provide a driver for it....
> Most likely, Debian IS able to provide a driver for it. Well, unless
> we can't figure out how to pull the firmware off that cd and feed it to
> the hardware.
I meant that Debian can't provide a driver that meets its standards of
freedom. Current consensus seems to be that when the firmware was in ROM,
Debian could provide a driver, and when the firmware is on CD, it can't
(because it depends on the non-free software on the CD) even though in the
second scenario the user has all the rights that he does in the first
scenario (assuming the CD, like the ROM, can be transferred along with the
device, used if you have the device it came with, etc.)