Debian will add non-free firmware, change SC, switch to Pipewire for next release

The Debian developers have voted upon adding non-free firmware to the Debian Installer, which will make it easier for the average user to use just the standard image to install it onto newer (or more exotic) hardware, as former DPL Steve McIntyre reports. To do so, the social contract has to be changed accordingly.

And in the upcoming release (codename “Bookworm”, no planned release date yet), Debian will switch to Pipewire as their default audio architecture, something that other distributions like Suse or Fedora have done already. I have tested Pipewire on Arch where it works just fine, there are still some quirks for pro audio, but average consumers shouldn’t have any problem with it (rather the opposite).