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Re: Changing how we handle non-free firmware

Thanks Steve, it's really great you've taken this topic on, much kudos.

On Thu, Aug 18, 2022 at 08:58:21PM +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> =================================
> We will include non-free firmware packages from the
> "non-free-firmware" section of the Debian archive on our official
> media (installer images and live images). The included firmware
> binaries will *normally* be enabled by default where the system
> determines that they are required, but where possible we will include
> ways for users to disable this at boot (boot menu option, kernel
> command line etc.).
> When the installer/live system is running we will provide information
> to the user about what firmware has been loaded (both free and
> non-free), and we will also store that information on the target
> system such that users will be able to find it later. The target
> system will *also* be configured to use the non-free-firmware
> component by default in the apt sources.list file. Our users should
> receive security updates and important fixes to firmware binaries just
> like any other installed software.
> We will publish these images as official Debian media, replacing the
> current media sets that do not include non-free firmware packages.
> =================================


As a potential tweak:

The text says that we will include ways to disable this at *boot time*; 
how about being explicit that we will provide ways to disable at 
*installation time* too? Arguably this is implied by '[t]he target 
system will *also* be configured to use the non-free-firmware component 
_by default_ …' already but I think we could stand to be more concrete 
about that.


Iain Lane                                  [ iain@orangesquash.org.uk ]
Debian Developer                                   [ laney@debian.org ]
Ubuntu Developer                                   [ laney@ubuntu.com ]

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