Re: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware
* Aurelien Jarno (firstname.lastname@example.org) [060823 11:28]:
> Josselin Mouette a écrit :
> >Le mercredi 23 août 2006 à 09:48 +0100, Enrico Zini a écrit :
> >>> 4. determines that for the purposes of DFSG #2, device firmware
> >>>shall also not be considered a program.
> >>I'd personally prefer the 4th point to read:
> >> 4. determines that for the purposes of DFSG #2, device firmware
> >> shall also not be considered a program until it will become practical
> >> to do so.
> >I like the idea, but I think it could be better worded.
> >How about:
> > 4. Determines that as a special exception to DFSG #2, source code for
> >device firmware will not be required until we have the technical means
> >to split them out in a convenient way for our users.
> >(Not perfect either :/ )
> This is a good proposition, as it does not allow firmwares already in
> non-free (eg madwifi) to go into main.
I heavily disagree to this change. It makes the text unpredictable.
Please keep the current way and, if we want to say something, make it
4. determines that for the purposes of DFSG #2, device firmware
shall also not be considered a program; the Debian project intends to
revisit this decision at a later time.
Also, we are currently converting firmware from the broken way (i.e.
included inside the kernel) to a better way. I don't think that it is a
good idea to make the requirements for the (technical and social) better
implementation tougher than for the old implementation (and also,
technical differenes shouldn't make an ethical difference).