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Re: Don't understand the trouble with firmware !



Francesco Paolo Lovergine wrote:

On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 07:02:03PM +0200, Michelle Konzack wrote:
I think, there is realy no problem to put closed-source firmware in "non-free" but make it easy to get the firmware downloaded (with wget) if we can not distribute it with Debian (like the mgmt.o)


And what if next processors will require downloading firmware to work?
to fix ideas, let's write a short fiction story

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Big CPU company NZQ has announced the next version of its renowned BCGREBA 64 bit CPU

this version provides 32 bit emulation thru a software emulator that is loaded into L1 cache at runtime by the kernel (this has practical advantages, since, when the 32 bit emulation is not needed, the full cache of 8MB can help the CPU run at its fantastic speed of 1 zillion Hz)

NZQ has offered the binary to Linus Torvalds, and it is available in the popular Linux kernel, that can then run legacy 32 bit applications: this provides a transition path for companies already running their application with Linux

most Linux distributions, including ERQUNG , FHFR, ZNAQENXR have already announced boxed sets of their popular "server linux" distributions that support this new processor: this beats on the finish line the software giant ZVPEBFBSG, which is still struggling to publish its long waited new operating system YBATUBEA

the distribution Debian, though has refused to currently support this CPU, and is waiting for a GPL replacement of the emulator; for this reason, commercial vendors of Linux, such as VOZ and UC, have not included it in the list of recommended distributions (indeed, the GPL replacement needs heavy testing before it may be deployed in a production environment)

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