Non-opensource drivers

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at
Sat Nov 25 17:05:40 GMT 2006

On Sat, 2006-11-25 at 16:56 +0000, Colin Watson wrote: 
> On Sat, Nov 25, 2006 at 04:53:53PM +0000, Toby Smithe wrote:
> > On Sat, 2006-11-25 at 16:44 +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> > > Question: should the same checkbox govern binary wireless drivers (e.g.)
> > > too, i.e. turn off the restricted component altogether?
> > 
> > No. This should be separate. People always need wireless more than fancy
> > graphics.
> The reason I ask is: why would you have moral objections to one but not
> the other?

Hmm... I dunno. But the wireless blob is purely firmware in most cases,
not just the driver. This is the same question as asking why don't you
run a free BIOS if you don't want proprietary drivers.

Keep it separate. But does that make it too complicated...


Perhaps I am coming round to your point of view: one option. "Do you
want to enable proprietary drivers, including wireless and video
modules? Here are the pros and cons...".

Yeah, I think that that is the best way to go... I dunno; as you can
probably tell, I am very undecided.

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