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Re: more evil firmwares found

J.D. Hood wrote:

>  --- Chris Cheney <ccheney@cheney.cx> wrote:
>> Wasn't the issue that binary firmware under a GPL type license isn't
>> distributable at all? :)
> One of the views expressed was that if there is a program provided to
> Debian in binary form (supposedly) under the GPL then that program is
> not distributable because the GPL permits distribution only along with
> source and Debian doesn't have source in that case.  An answer to this
> was that companies that "GPL" binaries seemingly intend to allow free
> distribution of the binary; so such binaries can seemingly be
> distributed in non-free. (There were other answers, of course.)

> In the meantime there is a question about what to do about these
> binary blobs.  Herbert Xu has proposed removing them from the kernel
> as they are reported.  Macro d'Itri wants equal treatment and so has
> begun reporting other drivers that contain binary blobs.

We are, of course, going to remove binary peripheral software for which we
don't have a proper free license *at all* -- surprisingly, there's a fair
amount of that in the kernel, so I'm tackling it before even looking at the
supposedly GPL-licensed stuff.

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