[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: New section for firmware.

Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> writes:

> Le mardi 23 décembre 2008 à 19:02 -0600, Peter Samuelson a écrit :
> > Without weighing in on whether there _is_ a class of software for
> > which users shouldn't have the right to look at and modify source
> > code, this whole phrase "run on the host CPU" needs to die and be
> > replaced by something more precise.
> Maybe we could also rely on common sense instead of trying to
> formalize every bit of everything.

If the discussion surrounding the freedom of binary blobs has shown
anything, surely it's shown that within the Debian project there are
mutually incompatible views on this topic, each of which is held to be
“common sense” by those who hold them.

At least part of the reason why these incompatible differences persist
between people who have mutually agreed to the SC and DFSG, I would
argue, is that we have relied on so-called “common sense”
interpretations that turn out, on inspection, to be rather less common
than was believed.

 \           “Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future.” |
  `\                                                       —Niels Bohr |
_o__)                                                                  |
Ben Finney

Reply to: