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Re: Debian Stretch new user report (vs Linux Mint)

On Mon, 2017-12-04 at 10:34 -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Holger Levsen <holger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > yes, I also agree this would work and be better than the status-quo.
> > however I'm inclined to believe doing this and adding a fourth repo,
> > non-free-firmware (additionally to main, contrib and non-free) would be
> > even better and also not need a GR.
> +1.  I think firmware is something conceptually different than non-free
> software in general, and it would be good to give users a simple way to
> choose to enable non-free firmware without enabling other non-free
> software.
> For the discoverability, I would be quite comfortable with putting both
> the free and the non-free download links prominantly on the page with the
> non-free link going to or closely tied with a page that discusses the
> issues, explains why we have this installer even though we don't really
> want to, and maybe links to the FSF Respects Your Freedom pages to suggest
> a hardware alternative.

+1.  I end up needing non-free firmware on most bare metal systems, but
nothing else from non-free.  I never remember how to include it at
installation time.  And I don't want us to gloss over the fact that it
is non-free and therefore not part of the official Debian system.


Ben Hutchings
Lowery's Law:
        If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

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