On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 08:36:06PM +0100, Robert Millan wrote: > > (Also, isn't "we allow sourceless firmware ... as long as the license > > complies with the DFSG" a no-op?) > > The license for a sourceless blob can be GPL or BSD, which are licenses > that comply with the DFSG, or it could be any sort of non-free license > (including lack of license). Of course, the code itself wouldn't comply > with DFSG #2, but the license would. > > Anyway, this specific text is already tested and "known to work" so I think > this proves it is solid :-) Though, if the "as long as the license complies with the DFSG" doesn't really have any effect (other than what's already covered by "we are legally allowed to do so"), I think it is confusing and shouldn't be in the text. I propose the following alternatative to "Option 2" (removes last sentence): Option 2 (allow Lenny to release with propietary firmware) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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; however, it is not yet finally sorted out; 3. We assure the community that there will be no regressions in the progress made for freedom in the kernel distributed by Debian relative to the Etch release in Lenny 4. We give priority to the timely release of Lenny over sorting every bit out; for this reason, we will treat removal of sourceless firmware as a best-effort process, and deliver firmware in udebs as long as it is necessary for installation (like all udebs), and firmware included in the kernel itself as part of Debian Lenny, as long as we are legally allowed to do so. (Since this option overrides the SC, I believe it would require 3:1 majority) -- Robert Millan The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."
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