Bug#745698: please demote ovmf to Suggests, it's no longer in main
Stefan Lippers-Hollmann <s.L-H <at> gmx.de>
2014-04-24 04:50:49 GMT
Since version 0~20121205.edae8d2d-2, ovmf is no longer available in
Debian/main, due to a license addendum that makes the embedded FAT
driver non-free. qemu-system-x86 however started to recommend this
package starting with 2.0.0~rc1+dfsg-1exp, including the current
While offering UEFI support for qemu-system-x86 is a nice feature,
a package in main "must not require or recommend a package outside
of main for compilation or execution" (Debian Policy §2.2.1).
I have chosen "serious" as bug severity, as this breaks a
must-directive of the policy and in order to prevent qemu 2.0~ from
migration to testing. This also creates practical problems, as
recommends are installed by default and the ovmf dependency is not
satisfiable without non-free being available.
Suggesting a non-free package however avoids this problem.