Make clear that we ship non-free firmware
Technically, for the curious: we use Debian's Linux kernel (that is
fully free), and install binary firmware from non-free on top of that.
The thing is, if Tails doesn't work out-of-the-box on the computer(s)
they have available, most potential users will simply use something
else, that will 1. just work ("thanks" to the inclusion of binary
firmware); and 2. be less safe in the vast majority of
Also, most hardware that doesn't
require proprietary firmware to be injected into it at runtime is
simply embedding such proprietary firmware, often in a read-only
manner. Not only this arguably doesn't provide much more security than
injecting proprietary firmware at runtime, and it prevents hardware
vendors from fixing (potentially security-relevant) bugs in the
firmware once it's been shipped to users.
This could be added to https://tails.boum.org/doc/about/license
#2 Updated by BitingBird over 4 years ago
- Assignee changed from BitingBird to intrigeri
- % Done changed from 0 to 30
- QA Check set to Ready for QA
Added a line in license and the big text block in the design doc. Assigning to intri for review, as I'm not comfortable phrasing correctly for the design doc.
#3 Updated by intrigeri over 4 years ago
- Category set to Hardware support
- Assignee changed from intrigeri to BitingBird
- % Done changed from 30 to 60
- Feature Branch changed from bitingbird:doc/9353-firmware to doc/9353-firmware
Great! Pushed a few changes on top, please review and then I'll merge once you're happy with the result.