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call for seconds: on firmware (was: on firmware (possible proposal))

On Wed, 12 Nov 2008, Peter Palfrader wrote:

> I so didn't want to get into this discussion, but here goes anyway.
> I'm considering formally proposing this GR (option):

I'm hereby proposing the following general resolution:

| Firmware is data such as microcode or lookup tables that is loaded into
| hardware components in order to make the component function properly.
| It is not code that is run on the host CPU.
| Unfortunately such firmware often is distributed as so-called 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.

Looking for seconds now.


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