Re: ITP plex86, if it complies to DFSG
Actually, think of it as device firmware; generally firmware (software for
and executing on a peripheral device instead of on the main CPUs) that has
to be downloaded at initialisation time has not been required to have
source available, as long as it is freely redistributable in downloadable
form along with the host device driver.
on the other hand, IF source code is available, I think we could
reasonably insist that it be DFSG-free as well.
I *think* there are places in the kernel source where binary-only firmware
is distributed, and I know Creative does the same with their DXr2 driver.
I don't recall exactly where the firmware issue is explicitly handled,
On Sun, 3 Dec 2000, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 03, 2000 at 02:53:58AM +0100, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > My intention is to get Elphin Systems to release the binary of the
> > bios under a DFSG-free license. Think of the binary as a png image and
> > not as an executable and everything is fine.
> Great idea. We should do the same with netscape, acroread
> and others so we can put them in main and remove non-free after all!
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