Peter Palfrader <firstname.lastname@example.org> (14/11/2008): > 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. Seconded. Mraw, KiBi.
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