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Re: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003

Glenn Maynard wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 10:06:58PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
>> The issue is not about "firmware", it's about whether there is
>> changeable software which we are prevented from changing by licensing
>> restrictions.
> In the firmware case, the problem seems to be firmware blobs that are
> under free licenses, but don't actually provide source (possibly, as some
> have
> suggested, because there really is none).

At least that's what people are arguing about.  The first couple of firmware
blobs I hit actually appear to be distributed under false copyright
notices, which is generally considered undistributable.  Ow.

>  It doesn't seem to be a
> licensing issue; the first part of DFSG#2 ("must include source code")
> isn't talking about licensing.
> I've seen BSD-licensed software that didn't actually come with source (or
> with incomplete source), such as foobar2000: BSD-licensed, but the core
> source isn't actually included.  This wouldn't be allowed in Debian (even
> if it was a Unix program), despite being under a DFSG-free license.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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