Re: on firmware (possible proposal)
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I'd second the proposal as quoted below.
> | Firmware is data that is uploaded to hardware components, not designed to be
> | run on the host CPU. Often this firmware is already required at install time
> | in order to use network or storage devices.
> | Unfortunately such firmware often is distributed as BLOBs, with no source or
> | further documentation that lets us learn how it works or interacts with the
> | hardware in question. By excluding such firmware from Debian we exclude
> | users that require such devices from installing our operating system, or
> | make it unnecessarily hard for them.
> | Therefore the Debian project resolves that
> | a) firmware in Debian does not have to come with source. While we do
> | prefer firmware that comes with source and documentation we will not
> | require it,
> | b) we however do require all other freedoms that the DFSG mandate from
> | components of our operating system, and
> | c) such firmware can and should be part of our official installation media.
Bernd Zeimetz Debian GNU/Linux Developer
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