Sunday, 02 October 2022
Firmware vote result - the people have spoken!
It's time for another update on Debian's firmware GR. I wrote about the problem back in April and about the vote itself a few days back.
Voting closed last night and we have a result! This is unofficial so far - the official result will follow shortly when the Project Secretary sends a signed mail to confirm it. But that's normally just a formality at this point.
The headline result is: Choice 5 / Proposal E won: Change SC for non-free firmware in installer, one installer. I'm happy with this - it's the option that I voted highest, after all. More importantly, however, it's a clear choice of direction, as I was hoping for. Of the 366 Debian Developers who voted, 289 of them voted this option above NOTA and 63 below, so it also meets the 3:1 super-majority requirement for amending a Debian Foundation Document (Constitution section 4.1.3).
So, what happens next?
We have quite a few things to do now, ideally before the freeze for Debian 12 (bookworm), due January 2023. This list of work items is almost definitely not complete, and Cyril and I are aiming to get together this week and do more detailed planning for the d-i pieces. Off the top of my head I can think of the following:
If you think I've missed anything here, please let me and Cyril know - the best place would be the mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you'd like to help implement any of these changes, that would be lovely too!
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