Re: Proposal - Amendment - allow hardware support from non-free into the debian system
Lionel Elie Mamane <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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?
I agree with your enhanced version of MJ Ray's proposal, but ...
> 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 hardware for which
> no complete functioning free firmware is available, the Debian
> installation media images may include selected firmware from
> non-free archive, which conforms to all Debian Free Software
> Guidelines except guideline 2 (Source Code).
... as Sven pointed out, there are still some corner cases, mostly
depending on the method used to get rid of the firmware data (ie, move
firmware to non-free vs. move driver to non-free).
Once this is all settled, I'll be OK with the proposal.
Julien BLACHE - Debian & GNU/Linux Developer - <email@example.com>
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