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Re: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware

On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 05:38:07PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 01:28:35AM -0500, Peter Samuelson wrote:
> > [Steve Langasek]
> > > That's an interesting point.  Can you elaborate on how you see this
> > > being a loophole, in a sense that having the firmware on a ROM
> > > wouldn't also be?
> > The day Debian begins to distribute ROM chips, or devices containing
> > ROM chips, I will expect those chips to come with source code.  Until
> > then, this is a red herring.
> Note that while Peter is currently in the n-m queue (on hold pending
> further response to T&S checks apparently), he's not yet a developer,
> and his expectations shouldn't be inferred to be those of the developers
> as a whole.

Interesting, is this why the discussion is on a public mailing list?
Personally I am not a DD either nor am I in the NM queu, however I was
always under the impression that my opinion as a users matters (and
should matter IMHO) to Debian anyway.

In contrast to Sven and Josselin I'm not going to blame you for doing
this statement as DPL as your From: address did not say so.  But
otherwise I wholehartedly agree with them.

As for the issue at hand here I must also agree with Peter and Sven:
Debian doesn't distribute chips with non-free firmware currently.  So
if Debian wants to distribute non-free binary-only firmware I do hope
it will do so in non-free and not in main.


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