On Fri, 2011-06-03 at 11:42 -0400, John Sullivan wrote: > Thomas Goirand <email@example.com> writes: > > > The point is to have a system so that manufacturers can write "this > > system supports Debian". If they don't want to do the work, we could, > > and help each other by having a list of hardware that is known to work > > with Debian, and a list of hardware with issues. If they do, it's best, > > and IMHO we should help. Finally, I believe we should have a central > > point on Debian's website so that this can happen. > > > > Maybe a wiki page might be a good start, until we setup something better. > > > > Such a database is being generated now at http://h-node.com. The FSF is > also consolidating its former compatible hardware database there. Since > h-node lists hardware that works without proprietary drivers or > proprietary firmware, it should be a good fit for Debian main from > Squeeze on. Almost every peripheral device today runs some software (firmware) on an embedded processor or microcontroller, which is generally non-free (see http://mjg59.livejournal.com/91123.html for examples). A few people consider that devices are more 'free' if they don't require the host to help them load this firmware. And h-node may be useful for those people, but not for the large majority who realise that downloading non-free firmware won't taint their precious bodily fluids. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
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