Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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cmchittom
Member since:
2011-03-18

What you either don't grasp or are willfully not admitting is that having an open source driver does not equal "free"—to the Debian developers—unless the firmware is "free" also.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

What you are too lazy to look up is that many wireless cards, including the one I'm using (RaLink) don't require a closed firmware. They are fully open source and work out of the box with current kernels. If you go to their website you can download the full source code, not just the wrapper.

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cmchittom Member since:
2011-03-18

What you are too lazy to look up....


Have you been looking over my shoulder? You're absolutely right, I was lazy. I have to admit, having used Debian in the past, and being extremely pleased with the quality of the OS, I just assumed that they were right, and you were wrong. My first thought was to respond with "open source" does not equal "free," and that the firmware probably failed to comply with the DFSG—lucky thing, I checked first (so as not to make myself look doubly foolish), and at least the first two[1] (I didn't check all of them) are licensed under the GPL v2 or later. So, I admit: mea culpa.

Have you submitted a bug report?

[1] http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=2

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