On Tue, Dec 02, 2008 at 09:18:03AM +0100, Peter Palfrader wrote: > > > I would ask that the proposer withdraw this resolution (which in effect is a > > > non-binding position statement, contradicting the text of the DFSG as many > > > of us understand it) and draft a resolution in its place that disambiguates > > > the DFSG. > > > > Peter, I too would prefer if you did, for the sake of clarity. But if you > > will, then please do it soon. Minimal time for discussion period has passed, > > and due to the urgency of the situation I don't want to wait much longer before > > calling for vote. > > Feel free to propose an amendment. I might accept it. I propose the following ammendment: --- firmware 2008-12-04 19:40:22.000000000 +0100 +++ firmware.new 2008-12-04 19:40:44.000000000 +0100 @@ -16,3 +16,20 @@ 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. + d) the Debian Free Software Guidelines shall be ammended as follows: + +--- social_contract.wml 22 Nov 2007 03:15:39 -0000 1.23 ++++ social_contract.wml 4 Dec 2008 18:36:32 -0000 +@@ -95,7 +95,11 @@ the free software community as the basis + <li><p><strong>Source Code</strong></p> + <p>The program must include source code, and must allow + distribution in source code as well as compiled +- form.</p></li> ++ form. As a special exception, the requirement to include ++ source code does not apply to firmware (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).</p></li> + <li><p><strong>Derived Works</strong></p> + <p>The license must allow modifications and derived works, and + must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as -- Robert Millan The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."
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