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Re: Bug#239952: kernel-source-2.6.4: qla2xxx contains non-free firmware

On Thu, Mar 25, 2004 at 07:29:49PM +1100, Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 25, 2004 at 01:45:22AM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > Package: kernel-source-2.6.4
> > Severity: grave
> > 
> > It seems the following files of the qla2xxx driver contain non-free
> > firmware:
> > ./drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/ql2100_fw.c
> > ./drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/ql6322_fw.c
> > ./drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/ql2300_fw.c
> > ./drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/ql2200_fw.c
> > ./drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/ql6312_fw.c
> > ./drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/ql2322_fw.c
> I presume you're objecting to these firmware on the basis that they
> are being distributed as machine code.
> I personally find this attitude to be extreme.  However, I have in
> the past removed a number of drivers for exactly this reason at the
> request of other developers.

First of all:
I'm not the big "remove this software because it doesn't fit into an 
ideal free software picture" evangelist.

I sent this bug since (as you mention) there were other drivers disabled 
for the same reason, and even the GFDL (which is at most very slighly 
outside of the DFSG) is considered to be a reason to move stuff to 



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