[Mageia-dev] Non-free firmwares in installer

Anssi Hannula anssi.hannula at iki.fi
Thu Mar 24 17:31:50 CET 2011

On 24.03.2011 14:41, Wolfgang Bornath wrote:
> 2011/3/24 Anssi Hannula <anssi.hannula at iki.fi>:
>> On 24.03.2011 12:39, Wolfgang Bornath wrote:
>>> But I don't think it would be a good idea to include non-free contents
>>> in the distribution ISOs at all. That this assumed majority does not
>>> care about the issue does not mean we should not care either. We
>>> should rather stress the point.
>> Note that the current Alpha2 ISO contains many non-free [1] firmware
>> files, and without those e.g. many popular wired NICs do not work, and
>> the 3D acceleration of ATI *free* driver depends on those.
>> [1] Depending on the definition - some are BSD/similar but still without
>> source code, so considered non-free by OSI/FSF/Debian.
> Good point. In this discussion we were too vague about this.
> As I see this the discussion so far was about "non-free" software,
> where "non-free" meant the software in the non-free repos, not the
> strict definition of "free" by FSF.
> Prominent example (and trigger of this discussion): WiFi driver/firmware.

Well, currently the firmware are assigned between non-free and core at
random (yes, we have non-free firmware in core, and yes, there are GPL
firmware in non-free, etc), so...

Anssi Hannula

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