Fri, 17 Dec 2010
Paul Wise just pointed me to a very good explanation of the issue with non-free firmware files:
Updated qlogic 2400 and 2500 firmware to 5.03.13. What does 5.03.13 do? No one knows, except for QLogic, and they're not telling. I asked, and they told me that information was only available under NDA. So, I encourage you to imagine what this firmware does, and the bugs it fixes. While you're at it, imagine a world where vendors release source code for their firmware.
The source? No, not some ideologist, not even someone involved in Debian. It's a comment about an update of a firmware package in Fedora.
After hearing several times, that it would make sense to use fibre cables for your Christmas tree, as you can illuminate it with them, I have been pointed to traceable network cords... which made me speechless...
The bug webinterface of the Ultimate Debian Database currently knows about the following release critical bugs:
|Remaining to be fixed in Squeeze:||148|
Of these 148 bugs, the following tags are set:
|Pending in Squeeze:||8|
|Patched in Squeeze:||30|
|Duplicates in Squeeze:||15|
|Can be fixed in a security Update:||17|
|Contrib or non-free in Squeeze:||4|
|Claimed in Squeeze:||2|
|Delayed in Squeeze:||5|
|Otherwise fixed in Squeeze:||21|
Ignoring all the above (multiple tags possible) 88
bugs need to be fixed by Debian Contributors to get Debian 6.0
However, with the view of the Release Managers, 156 need to be dealt with for the release to happen.