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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:
> Hi,
>         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


Sven Luther

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