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Re: Proposal - Amendment - allow hardware support from non-free into the debian system

On Sun, Sep 10, 2006 at 08:20:06AM +0200, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 05, 2006 at 01:25:44PM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> > So, the full position statement proposed is:
> > ========================================================================
> > 
> >         1. reaffirms its dedication to providing a 100% free system to 
> > our users according to our Social Contract and the DFSG; and
> >         2. encourages licensors 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. as a special exception to help users who have vital hardware 
> > without free software drivers yet, the Debian system and official CD 
> > images may include hardware-support packages from the admin section of 
> > the non-free archive area which conform to all Debian Free Software 
> > Guidelines except guideline 2 (Source Code), or an archive section/area 
> > with equivalent requirements.
> > 
> >
> >========================================================================
> I've tried to consolidate all the little "I would second this if" and
> remarks that people made (and I agree to), but that MJ Ray didn't
> outright reject. How about something like that? Would in particular MJ
> Raj, Sven Luther, Julien Blache agree with this?
> Changes:
>  - remove "vital" (already accepted by MJ Ray)
>  - don't declare firmware in non-free to be part of the Debian system,
>    just that installation media may include it
>  - don't speak about "non-free drivers", but only _firmware_. This so
>    that we don't create an unwanted loophole that would permit
>    ... non-free drivers that run on the "main" CPU in the kernel.

Notice that one way of handling the issue is to move the whole driver needing
non-free firmware into non-free. Those may be categorized as non-free drivers
(as in drivers in non-free).


Sven Luther

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