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Re: Changing how we handle non-free firmware

On Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 10:12:48AM +0200, Bart Martens wrote:
> I hereby propose the following alternative text to Steve's original proposal.
> =================================
> The Debian project is permitted to make distribution media (installer images
> and live images) containing packages from the non-free section of the Debian
> archive available for download alongside with the free media in a way that the
> user is informed before downloading which media are the free ones.
> =================================


Rationale: while it is not lost on me that in terms of usability having
to choose between two options is a net loss for newcomers, I think this
might be the only way to not run afoul of the Social Contract.  Also, I
think that on users that are even a little bit more knowledgeable and
come to Debian for software freedom reasons, this choice might carry
some real educational value (on how bad the consumer hardware market is
these days, mostly).

Thanks Bart!

Stefano Zacchiroli . zack@upsilon.cc . upsilon.cc/zack          _. ^ ._
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