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Re: [AMENDMENT] (was: seconds searched for override of resolution 007 needed)



Kurt Roeckx Kurt Roeckx <kurt@roeckx.be>:
> I want to amendment the following proposal:
> > === 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
> >      (http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_007).
> >
> >   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 ====
>
> And replace the text with:
>
> ==== BEGIN OF PROPOSAL ====
> We, the Debian project, find freeness that we want for firmware used
> by the kernel is an important question, and that we will have to deal
> with this.  However, we think that we as a project need more time to
> deal with it, and having more general resolutions isn't going to
> solve this.
>
> Therefor we will not have another general resolution about firmware
> until after the release of etch and atleast 6 moths have passed since
> this general resolution.  This does not mean we will not discuss this
> issue, or work on getting things better.
> ==== END OF PROPOSAL ====
>
Seconded.

We have voted and should go back to work on etch release to keep the 
time line (more or less ;-).


Kindly regards,
Erik


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