Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Back in April I wrote about issues with how we handle firmware in Debian, and I also spoke about it at DebConf in July. Since then, we've started the General Resolution process - this led to a lot of discussion on the the debian-vote mailing list and we're now into the second week of the voting phase.
The discussion has caught the interest of a few news sites along the way:
I've also had several people ask me how I'm voting myself, as I started this GR in the first place. I'm happy to oblige! Here's my vote, sorted into preference order:
 Choice 5: Change SC for non-free firmware in installer, one installer  Choice 1: Only one installer, including non-free firmware  Choice 6: Change SC for non-free firmware in installer, keep both installers  Choice 2: Recommend installer containing non-free firmware  Choice 3: Allow presenting non-free installers alongside the free one  Choice 7: None Of The Above  Choice 4: Installer with non-free software is not part of Debian
Why have I voted this way?
Fundamentally, my motivation for starting this vote was to ask the project for clear positive direction on a sensible way forward with non-free firmware support. Thus, I've voted all of the options that do that above NOTA. On those terms, I don't like Choice 4 here - IMHO it leaves us in the same unclear situation as before.
I'd be happy for us to update the Social Contract for clarity, and I know some people would be much more comfortable if we do that explicitly here. Choice 1 was my initial personal preference as we started the GR, but since then I've been convinced that also updating the SC would be a good idea, hence Choice 5.
I'd also rather have a single image / set of images produced, for the two reasons I've outlined before. It's less work for our images team to build and test all the options. But, much more importantly: I believe it's less likely to confuse new users.
I appreciate that not everybody agrees with me here, and this is part of the reason why we're voting!
For the avoidance of doubt: my goal for this vote was simply to get a clear direction on how to proceed here. Although I proposed Choice 1 (Only one installer, including non-free firmware), I also seconded several of the other ballot options. Of course I will accept the will of the project when the result is announced - I'm not going to do anything silly like throw a tantrum or quit the project over this!
If you're a DD and you haven't voted already, please do so - this is an important choice for the Debian project.