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Re: Squeeze, firmware and installation

On Wed, May 05, 2010 at 11:26:55PM +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote:
> This is still an annoying thing to handle. If you install machines at different
> locations regulary, this firmware crap is nothing but a pita. I can't see a
> reason why we should not be able to ship cd-images in "non-free". If debian does
> not do so officially, I might provide them somewhere.

Problem is, non-free is not part of Debian.  By shipping cd images only
in non-free, we'd basically have no cd images in Debian.  By shipping
images in both main and non-free, we'd be duplicating lots of effort,
disk space, bandwidth to mirrors, etc.

Personally, if a given piece of firmware is legal to ship and required
to make hardware work, I'm in favor of making it available by default
(possibly with some form of notice informing the user of this).  I
acknowledge, however, that there is an argument that this position is
not in the spirit of the social contract and DFSG.  This has been
debated extensively already.


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