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Re: Amendment: special exception for firmware because of technical limitations

On Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 11:37:20AM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> I propose the following amendment to Steve's proposal.
> > THE DEBIAN PROJECT therefore,
> > 
> >         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 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.
> 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 second this amendment.

Not also that I found sad that the DPL try to kill this GR with his 
latest mail to debian-announce. The problem is known for a long time. 

If he wanted to help, it should have been done that before, not a 3 
months before the announced date of the release. And also not while 
proposals are beeing discussed. He just want to be awarded because he
found a solution to the problem.

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