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Re: Changing how we handle non-free firmware

Quoting Simon Josefsson (2022-08-23 10:39:57)
> ==================
> 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.
> ==================


I would like to add, that I really appreciate the efforts of Steve and
think that I understand where he is coming from with his proposal - I
just fails to see how those concerns can be addressed within the
constraints that we have strongly defined as core scope for our system
(because in my understanding "our system" includes our official install
image for our system).

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
 * Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

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