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Re: Possible draft non-free firmware option with SC change

Russ Allbery writes:
> Possible wording, which includes the existing option A verbatim:
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> This ballot option supersedes the Debian Social Contract (a foundation
> document) under point 4.1.5 of the constitution and thus requires a 3:1
> majority.
> The Debian Social Contract is replaced with a new version that is
> identical to the current version in all respects except that it adds the
> following sentence to the end of point 5:
>     The Debian official media may include firmware that is otherwise not
>     part of the Debian system to enable use of Debian with hardware that
>     requires such firmware.
> The Debian Project also makes the following statement on an issue of the
> day:
> We will include non-free firmware packages from the "non-free-firmware"
> section of the Debian archive on our official media (installer images and
> live images). The included firmware binaries will normally be enabled by
> default where the system determines that they are required, but where
> possible we will include ways for users to disable this at boot (boot menu
> option, kernel command line etc.).
> When the installer/live system is running we will provide information to
> the user about what firmware has been loaded (both free and non-free), and
> we will also store that information on the target system such that users
> will be able to find it later. Where non-free firmware is found to be
> necessary, the target system will also be configured to use the
> non-free-firmware component by default in the apt sources.list file. Our
> users should receive security updates and important fixes to firmware
> binaries just like any other installed software.
> We will publish these images as official Debian media, replacing the
> current media sets that do not include non-free firmware packages.


One suggestion: if we modify the Social Contract then we can as well
include "non-free-firmware" explicitly as well, i.e., replace

    We have created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our archive for
    these works.


    We have created "contrib", "non-free-firmware" and "non-free"
    areas in our archive for these works.


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