Resolved: firmware is not software
Posted Aug 29, 2006 13:32 UTC (Tue) by branden
In reply to: Resolved: firmware is not software
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What you are proposing is just silly. What is the real original source of a sound recording for instance? Do you want to ship the master tapes from a record company just because you ship some free song? Or the sketches from an artist just because you ship his/her icon or wallpaper? For instance, if I draw an icon on paper and then scan it, do I have to ship the piece of paper? Get real and come down from you ideological high point. kk
By this logic, Debian must also be demanding that the brains of programmers be shipped along with the compiled object files they distribute.
Except that's not the case, and never has been, which suggests that your analogy is blowhard hyperbole.
Debian, like other OS distributors, is in the business of moving bits. The point at which a work is captured into digital form is the earliest possible point at which it could be considered "source form". A later form may qualify instead, if the author does not intend to use the originally captured digital form as the form for modification/editing.
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