Re: One non-DD's thoughts on dfsg-freeness and firmware
>I realize that hardware includes non-free firmware in rom, but I think
>that observation misses the point. Firmware in rom isn't being^M
>distributed by the debian project. The first problem I see with debian
The good old "what I don't see cannot hurt me" argument.
>and non-free firmware is the question of provenance; where did it come
>from? If it is extracted from a windows driver then legally it is a
>potential landmine as it there is no permission even to distribute.
This applies to *anything* we distribute. If you have serious reasons to
believe that we are distributing something illegally then you are
supposed to warn the maintainers responsible for it and/or the
ftpmasters. If you don't, then please stop spreading FUD.
>The second problem I see is that if it is part of main, the debian
>project is claiming it is dfsg-free, which is most often not the case.
Free is what we define to be free.