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The crusade against firmwares

After the kernel package maintainer removed the popular acenic and tg3 ethernet drivers because they contain an embedded firmware, I looked at the kernel and xfree86 packages for other drivers containing a firmware dump.

The results are in #242865 and #242866, and if we will continue with this policy then the MGA, Rage 128 and Radeon DRM drivers will have to be removed. I wonder what users will think of a distribution which does not support 3D graphics.

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