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Re: Changing how we handle non-free firmware

As far as I can tell, both Steve's and Gunnar's proposal would make
Debian less of a free software operating system than it is today.  That
makes me sad.  My preference for an outcome would be along the following


We continue to stand by the spirit of the Debian Social Contract §1
which says:

   Debian will remain 100% free

   We provide the guidelines that we use to determine if a work is
   "free" in the document entitled "The Debian Free Software
   Guidelines". We promise that the Debian system and all its components
   will be free according to these guidelines. We will support people
   who create or use both free and non-free works on Debian. We will
   never make the system require the use of a non-free component.

Therefor we will not include any non-free software in Debian, nor in the
main archive or installer/live/cloud or other official images, and will
not enable anything from non-free or contrib by default.

We also continue to stand by the spirit of the Debian Social Contract §5
which says:

   Works that do not meet our free software standards

   We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of works that
   do not conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We have
   created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our archive for these
   works. The packages in these areas are not part of the Debian system,
   although they have been configured for use with Debian. We encourage
   CD manufacturers to read the licenses of the packages in these areas
   and determine if they can distribute the packages on their CDs. Thus,
   although non-free works are not a part of Debian, we support their
   use and provide infrastructure for non-free packages (such as our bug
   tracking system and mailing lists).

Thereby re-inforcing the interpretation that any installer or image with
non-free software on it is not part of the Debian system, but that we
support their use and welcome others to distribute such work.



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