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Re: calling firmware code data is not being honest with ourselves, includes counterproposal and RFC on a possible Amendment (Was: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware)

On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 08:58:20AM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > I would prefer it if you would strike references to "non-free" in the above
> > and replace them with the term "sourceless", to keep the scope the same as

> Well, the DFSG clearly state that programs need to have sources to be free. so
> i don't really see why you are afraid to use the right word for it ?

It is not the "right" word for it, it is a *different* word, which changes
the scope of the resolution.  The GR I've proposed does not excuse non-free
firmware in general, it only states that sourceless firmware is permitted. 
Whether you consider sourceless firmware to be non-free or not, changing
"sourceless" to "non-free" is a change of scope.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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