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

On Tue, Aug 22, 2006 at 03:18:04PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
>         1. reaffirms its dedication to providing a 100% free system to our
> users according to our Social Contract and the DFSG; and
>         2. encourages authors of all works to make those works available not
> only under licenses that permit modification, but also in forms that make
> such modifications practical; and
>         3. supports the decision of the Release Team to require works such as
> images, video, and fonts to be licensed in compliance with the DFSG without
> requiring source code for these works under DFSG #2; and
>         4. determines that for the purposes of DFSG #2, device firmware
> shall also not be considered a program.

I'm a little confused as to what this means exactly.

Point 2 seems to say that we consider "source" to be such a form of the
work that modifications are practical, but without actually saying
anything.  However, I think such a definition of source would be a good

But this point really doesn't say much about Debian, it just says we
encourage others to do something.  So I don't see why this belongs in
the GR in the first place.

Point 3 then seems to go the other way around and say we don't need
sources for of few types of works.  My main problem with this is that
still a little vague about which types of works don't require source.

I guess point 4 is saying the firmware should be considered the same as
the other works in point 3 and the source isn't needed for firmware.

However, it doesn't say anything about other points of the DFSG.  So we
should still need a license that allows atleast derived works.  And I
don't see how we're going to make derived works of firmware without the
source for it.


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