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Re: call for seconds: on firmware

On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 03:50:07PM +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

> > On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 09:00:02AM +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> > > Whether loaded by the kernel or present on the chip, we have
> > > promised that works without source code will not be distributed in
> > > Debian.

> > "We"?

> That's what I wrote, yes. I, like every other Debian Developer and
> Debian Maintainer (unless I misunderstand the process of gaining those
> responsibilities?), have explicitly declared my understanding of,
> adherence to, and support of that promise.

It appears what you don't understand is what the DFSG actually says, since
you're playing word substitution games with the text.  Maybe /you've/
promised not to distribute any works without source code in Debian.  The
Debian project has done no such thing.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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