Re: seconds searched for override of resolution 007 needed. (Was: [PROPOSAL] Final consensual proposal for the problematic firmware issue in the linux kernel sources.)
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> === START OF PROPOSAL ===
> Definition: For the purpose of this resolution, the "firmware" mentioned below
> designates binary data included in some of the linux kernel drivers, usually as
> hex-encoded variables and 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).
> 0. This resolution overrides the resolution just voted
> 1. We affirm that our Priorities are our users and the free software
> community (Social Contract #4);
> 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.
> 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, and in no case add additional problematic material
> to the upstream released kernel tarball.
> 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.
> 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.
> We will include these firmware in Debian Etch and review them after the
> release. Vendors of such firmware may wish to investigate the licensing
> terms, and make sure the GPL distribution conditions are respected,
> especially with regards to source availability.
> 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 ====
I second this proposal.
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