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Re: call for seconds: on firmware



On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 10:20:05PM +0000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Pierre Habouzit <madcoder@debian.org> writes:
> 
> > On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 09:01:38PM +0000, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> > >         The SC is pretty clear about everything in the Debian
> > >  system (which includes image .debs) should be 100% free. Not just
> > >  things in the Debian system that run on a host CPU (what is that,
> > >  anyway) are free.
> > 
> > The SC speaks about software, and doesn't define it.
> 
> The statement that Manoj refers to, above, does *not* speak about
> software.
> 
>     1. Debian will remain 100% free
>        We provide the guidelines that we use to determine if a work is
>        "free" in the document entitled "The Debian Free Software
>        Guidelines". We promise that the Debian system and all its
>        components will be free according to these guidelines. We will
>        support people who create or use both free and non-free works on
>        Debian. We will never make the system require the use of a non-free
>        component.
> 
> There is no need to define “software” for this promise to be
> understood. It explicitly promises that “the Debian system and all
> its components will be free”.

This bit doesn't require the so called source of the work to exist
within Debian explicitly. It asks for any component in Debian to meet
the DFSG.

In turn however, the DFSG requires that in their §2. The DFSG use a mix
of "component", "software", "program" words, which makes them a mess in
that regard.

-- 
·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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