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Re: Changing how we handle non-free firmware

Hi Simon!

On Mon, Aug 29, 2022 at 09:06:38AM +0200, Simon Josefsson wrote:
>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.
>Therefore 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.

This last bit of wording is slightly unclear to me. Should *Debian* be
allowed to distribute an installer or image with non-free software on

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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