Re: call for seconds: on firmware
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Peter Palfrader wrote:
> 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.
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