[Arm-netbook] What do 1,000 EOMA68-A20 PCBs look like?

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Fri Dec 7 13:24:26 GMT 2018

On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:11 PM Stefan Monnier <monnier at iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:

> There's also the fact that the wiki.debian.org includes several places
> where they encourage users to install `non-free` packages.

 ohh. yeah.  that won't help :)  that would be viewed as "endorsement
of the installation of non-free software", for sure.

> I wish the two associations could take a more pragmatic look at the
> situation to resolve these disagreements.

 well, one simple practical way would be to follow the trick deployed
by devuan.  what they did is extremely nifty: they created a proxy apt
service that, for the most part, is just a "pass-through" to the
standard debian mirrors.

 one of the issues associated normally with maintaining a
debian-augmented distro is: it takes considerably deep pockets to
maintain a 160GB+ debian mirror.

 a pass-through proxy that pre-vetted the repos, filtering out the
entirety of the non-free section, would actively prevent and prohibit
unintentional mistaken installations of non-free software by end-users
blindly following online documentation, "authoritative" wiki pages and
so on.

 ultimately, their nightmare scenario is where *uninformed* end-users
en-masse end up installing proprietary software *without* being aware
of the consequences.

they genuinely don't care about the *intelligent* end-users that make
informed decisions and smash through all and any barriers to bypass
all and any limitations and restrictions placed in their path to get
at the non-free firmware [or whatever].


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