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Proprietary Firmware and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel

However, the release of the GNewSense distribution a few years ago has complicated the situation, pitting idealists against pragmatists and sending some distributions scrambling for a compromise that is unlikely to satisfy anyone.
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One of the more interesting approaches to the problem has been unfolding for the last couple of months on the debian-devel list. The Debian distribution has always supported both software freedom and user convenience by dividing packages by repositories: Those that are free go into the main repository, those that are free but depend on other proprietary software go into contrib, and proprietary software into non-free.

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