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Re: First call for votes for the Lenny release GR

----- "Steve Langasek" <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:

> Boycotting is unlikely to prevent all ballot options from reaching the
> quorum requirements, and given the inconsistent application of supermajority
> requirements by the secretary it is possible that the vote outcome, as
> determined by the secretary, will not match what the outcome would have been
> on the same ballot with consistent supermajority requirements.

I don't see how he is being inconsistent. Honoring DFSG requirement that programs come with source shouldn't require a super-majority and neither should distributing GPL blobs if they are indeed GPL. All the other options require that we distribute software that is not DFSG compliant.

I know that some are fixated on the fact that firmware runs on "some other CPU" but I don't buy that line of reasoning. If this firmware business passes then I am going to start hunting down some MAME ROMs that have lapsed into the public domain. Those ROMs, after all, are firmware for video game machines and they run on a simulated CPU... not the "host".

I hope #1 wins and we release Lenny by distributing a proprietary firmware enabled installer out of "non-free". Its just as easy for users to download and it doesn't require us breaking our foundational documents or distorting the notion of what constitutes free software.

Ean Schuessler, CTO Brainfood.com
ean@brainfood.com - http://www.brainfood.com - 214-720-0700 x 315

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