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

In gmane.linux.debian.devel.vote, 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.

I second that.


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