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Re: First call for votes for the Lenny release GR

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 12:59:12PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> I believe the position of at least some of the release team is that the
> secretary's interpretation of the DFSG is incorrect and the requirement in
> the DFSG that source be available does not apply to firmware blobs on the
> grounds that they're not software in the way in which the DFSG intends.
> (This is, obviously, not a position that everyone agrees with.)

s/software/programs/, please; DFSG #2 specifically says "programs".  If we
want it to say "software" instead, that will require a vote.

However, we had that discussion in the lead-up to the etch release, and I
rescinded a proposal that would have said firmware are not programs for the
purpose of the DFSG in response to overwhelming opposition.  I don't think
it makes sense for the release team to consider microcode firmware to be
"non-programs" for the DFSG.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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