> The work on removing firmware from the kernel was mostly done by other people, and was reported by LWN when it happened. It seems like Debian was more interested in having votes about it, while others just got on with it.
While this is true for a part of the kernel work, it's not true when it comes to the debian-installer work (and Joey worked on this). d-i is now able detect that some of your hardware needs a non-free firmware and prompts you to provide them on some media (USB key for example) to get your hardware to work.
And this is important to not let users in the cold without a way to use their hardware.