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Re: RFC: Final version of kernel team's firmware GR proposal, coined to be consensual to all those of good faith involved in the current discussion.

Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> ========================== START OF PROPOSAL ========================== 
> Definition: For the purpose of this resolution, the "firmware" mentioned below
> design binary data encoded as hexdumps in some of the linux kernel drivers and

s/design/&ates/ ; s/encoded as hexdumps/included/

> whose purpose is to be loaded into a given piece of hardware, and be run
> outside the main memory space of the main processor(s).
>   1. We affirm that our Priorities are our users and the free software
>      community (Social Contract #4);

no-op!  Please delete.

>   2. We acknowledge that there is a lot of progress in the kernel firmware
>      issue, both upstream and in the debian packaging; however, it is not
>      yet finally sorted out;

no-op!  Please delete.

>   3. We give priority to the timely release of Etch over sorting every bit out;
>      for this reason, we will treat removal of problematic firmware as a
>      best-effort process.


>   4. We allow inclusion of such firmware into Debian Etch, even if their license
>      does not normally allow modification, as long as we are legally allowed to
>      distribute them.

Where 'such' = 'problematic' and apparently not limited to those *in* the
upstream kernel.  I think it should be limited to the upstream kernel.

>   5. We further note that some of these firmware do not have individual license,
>      and thus implicitly fall under the generic linux kernel GPL license.

Unless we know that its copyright holder is a Linux copyright holder,
I can't see how its licensing is thus implied just by being there.

>      We will include these firmware in Debian Etch and review them after the
>      release. Vendors of such firmware are advised to investigate the licensing
>      terms, and make sure the GPL distribution conditions are respected,
>      especially with regards to source availability.

Aieeee.  Do we really want to say 'advised'?  s/are advised/may wish/

>   6. We will include those firmware into the debian linux kernel package as well
>      as the installer components (.udebs) used by the debian-installer.
> ==========================  END OF PROPOSAL  ========================== 

Hope that helps,
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