[Fsf-Debian] few arguments to FSF

Paul van der Vlis paul at vandervlis.nl
Fri Aug 10 13:16:09 UTC 2012

Op 10-08-12 15:05, Ben Finney schreef:
> Dmitry Smirnov <onlyjob at member.fsf.org> writes:
>> On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:12:34 Andrew Roffey wrote:
>>> Not providing nonfree software in Debian would not be censoring it.
>>> As you showed with your printer example, you downloaded your driver
>>> from the HP website.
>> Sorry I meant censoring the very information about availability
>> (existence) of non-free driver, not the driver itself. This is
>> regarding installer's prompt to provide a firmware. If we know such
>> driver exist, shouldn't we tell user about it when there is no other
>> way to make hardware work?
> Conversely, at what point does “the Debian project tells [the] user
> about it” become “the Debian project promotes non-free software”?
> It seems to me that the distinction is vital to the convergence we're
> trying to find in this forum.

What we can say is: "We do not recommended it, but it is also an option
to install non-free firmware."

Maybe we could do that on many places. e.g. on the wiki. Everywhere
where nonfree is an option, we say "we do not recommended it, but ...".

With regards,

Paul van der Vlis Linux systeembeheer, Groningen

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