Re: Amendment: special exception for firmware because of technical limitations
On Sat, 26 Aug 2006, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> > 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 as a special exception to DFSG #2, the source code
> for device firmwares contained in the kernel packages will not be
> required as long as there are no other technical means to install and
> run the Debian system on these devices.
May I suggest "... as long as Debian doesn't provide another technical
solution to use all the corresponding devices (both at installation and at
> Rationale: most of us want to release etch ASAP, and most of us want to
> remove the firmwares from the kernel ASAP. This is a way that shouldn't
> stop the ongoing work on both of these issues. The wording makes it
> clear that as soon as the kernel and d-i are able to use split out
> firmwares, the migration will have to be done. This way we won't
> discourage the work from Nathanael Nerode and other people who worked
> hard so far to remove the non-free blobs, and we won't hold etch
> development because of that issue.
I like the idea of this amendment, however it should be better worded.
Cf my suggestion above.
"devices do not run Debian" but "the Debian OS can use the devices".
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