Re: LCC and blobs
Ken Arromdee <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> * The firmware blob on CD, if free, can be easily modified by end
>> users. It's just software. Even given the preferred form for
>> modification, it's much more difficult to re-flash a firmware chip
>> on hardware not designed for regular firmware uploads.
This was meant to be a demonstration that it's software, and so Debian
should care about it being free.
> But that's a strange reason to require that the firmware blob on CD be free.
> It's essentially saying "if you can make it hard to modify the firmware,
> you don't need to allow modifications at all".
As always, intent matters.
> Can a company release an encrypted CD, so that it's as difficult to modify the
> firmware on CD as it is in a chip, and then have it count as part of the
No, that's not hardware. That's an encrypted CD. That, and the DRM
approach below, are just various forms of non-free software. The
difference with a chip on a card is not that it's difficult to modify,
but that it's not treatable as software! I can't open it in Emacs, so
it isn't software.
> And what about firmware which gets checksummed by the device in such a way
> that you can modify the firmware but can't upload it?
Brian Sniffen email@example.com