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:
> > ========================================================================
> > THE DEBIAN PROJECT:
> > 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?
> - 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).