Re: calling firmware code data is not being honest with ourselves, includes counterproposal and RFC on a possible Amendment
On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 11:48:56AM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >> This is FUD. Nothing in this proposal says that we will ignore licenses
> >> when distributing firmware or any other works.
> >Maybe, but you take the first step toward this, so when will you stop ? Also,
> >there are currently stuff in non-free, or even which was rejected in non-free,
> >which could arguably be using the same kind of permissibility as the firmware
> >code, like the miboot apple copyrighted boot sector, which is only 256 bytes
> The only way you can argue this is by not understanding the proposed GR:
> a boot sector is not firmware since it's loaded from a disk to run on
> the same CPU which will later run the OS.
> (Not that I would have any objections to shipping it in main, since this
> would help and not hinder the cause of free software.)
I understand perfectly well the purpose of this GR. It is to say that we
should accept non-free firmware in main, without saying clearly they are often
binaries obtained from some sort of source.
All the rest is just cosmetic blabla, and Steve even said so himself.