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Re: New section for firmware.

Le mardi 23 décembre 2008 à 21:23 +0100, Michael Banck a écrit :
> > Why? In essence, it is very similar to a firmware. It can also be
> > necessary (e.g. for game data) to make free software work, in a similar
> > way to the kernel with firmware. 
> While that might be true technically, I don't think you can compare it
> from a social POV.  Firmware is (when it applies) (mostly) essential to
> make your hardware run; documentation is important to understand and
> learn code and/or important system programs.  
> Game data is not essential at all in the wider scope of a Free Operating
> System.

I don’t think we ever made a distinction on the usefulness of software
to select the section they belong to; this should only affect priority.

> In the end, I guess that most games depend on their game data, so the
> question boils down to whether this new section is "part of Debian" and
> thus whether a depends-on relationship on this new section is allowed or
> not.

I certainly don’t wish the games in question to be moved from contrib to
main; after all, they *do* depend on non-free data. But I’d like to be
able to install this kind of data without adding non-free (which cannot
be trusted) to my APT sources. And the same holds here for firmwares and
game data.

: :' :      We are debian.org. Lower your prices, surrender your code.
`. `'       We will add your hardware and software distinctiveness to
  `-        our own. Resistance is futile.

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