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Re: Changing how we handle non-free firmware

My original mail doesn't seem to have come through, so I'm re-sending.
Apologies if this comes through twice.

On Tue, 23 Aug 2022 10:39:57 +0200, Simon Josefsson <simon@josefsson.org> said:

> 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 lines.

> ==================

> 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.

> ==================

> /Simon

I believe that this should be on the ballot so: seconded.

Hubert Chathi <uhoreg@debian.org> -- https://www.uhoreg.ca/
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