Re: [AMENDMENT]: Release Etch now, with source-less but legal and freely licensed firmware
On Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 12:36:56PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> I was not aware that Frederik's proposal was for the Debian
> project to give carte blanche to the kernel team to distribute
> whatever the upstream kernel has, even if it is a major regression in
> the freedom from the kernel released in Sarge.
> Indeed, not agreeing to only distribute firmware accompanied
> by a license is illegal, and we can't expect the release managers and
> ftp masters to knowingly break copyright law. Passing a GR allowing
> people to break copyright laws ought not to cut it.
> Secondly, the GR should not be about undoing the progress made
> in the kernel in Sarge and beyond, so regressing to a lesser freedom
> seems like we are going backwards.
> I applaud the release managers for making it clear that they
> are unwilling to break the law, and that they too are opposed to the
> regression in freedom for Etch relative to Sarge.
But they had no problem making a generic exception forever about this selfsame