Non-opensource drivers

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at
Sat Nov 25 17:16:41 GMT 2006

On Sat, 2006-11-25 at 11:13 -0600, Rocco Stanzione wrote:
> Thus spake Toby Smithe:
> > > 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.
> This entire discussion is about open source/free software *principles*.  If 
> it's more inconvenient to me to lack drivers for my wifi card than it is for 
> my video card, the principle is the same, and the principle is what we're 
> trying to address (or reconcile with policy).  I've always been a little 
> surprised at how Restricted is handled, as far as this is concerned, and I 
> think the simplest/easiest/best solution is to add an install-time option to 
> enable or disable features from that repository, with a clear explanation of 
> the purpose of the option (well-articulated earlier in the discussion) and 
> the consequences of each choice.


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