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Re: on firmware (possible proposal)

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Ean Schuessler wrote:
> "Johannes Wiedersich" <johannes@physik.blm.tu-muenchen.de>
> wrote:
>> I would propose to create a new section of the archive, called
>> 'sourceless' or such. Stuff within this archive doesn't have full
>> sources. It is legally distributable and follows the DFSG with the
>> only exception of missing sources. On top of the DFSG it is 
>> required that software in 'sourceless' _must not be executed_ on
>> the host CPU. 'sourcless' therfore applies to firmware as well as
>> eg. documentation pdfs or images without source.
> For the sake of argument, what if we created a distribution of Debian
> that only runs on architectures with more than one CPU. We will
> designate one of the CPUs to be the "non-free CPU". This CPU will run
> all "sourceless" software. For this distribution we can move all of
> non-free into the "sourceless" designation since it does not run on
> the "host CPU".

Well, even if at some time in the future all architectures supported by
debian will require multiple CPUs and thus make it possible to move
'non-free' stuff to 'sourceless' without breaking the package for any
single CPU architecture...

 - 'sourceless' still won't be 'main'
 - the user has to acknowledge each installation of 'sourceless'

I guess by the time this happens, the very idea of what an OS is and
what it does will have changed so much, that many other parts of
debian's policy will be affected as well...



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