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Re: call for seconds: on firmware

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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