Re: Lost Trust
Many of you have suggested that a Debian User of Sarge needs to be reading
d-d, so be it. I've been reading like crazy, but without knowing the
author's standing in the community, it's been hard knowing which views are
mainstream. It would really be nice if there was a slashdot type scoring
system to indicate which messages had broad support and which are irrelevant.
Some have suggested that this is a learning opportunity for me to leave behind
pre-built kernels and build my own. This has been my mode of operation for
years. I've always installed and booted a distribution's kernel then
configured and built a custom kernel. The problem here is that tg3.c is just
gone! It is not in the debian patch, nor is it even in the .orig source
file. I thought .orig was suppose to be the upstream source untouched by
In another tread, Joe said:
> I was referring to the tg3 driver. Debian did not have any legal right
> to distribute the firmware in it
But Broadcom has released the driver and the hex representation of the
firmware patch under GPL. See:
So, is it Debian's position that the GPL license is not valid for this piece
of work because we suspect the hex representation of the firmware patch is
not "the preferred form of the work for making modifications to it."?
If so, this seems fraught with problems. Has the Debian Developer taken it
upon themselves to second guess an upstream copyright holder's ability to
release code under GPL?
Thanks for all the feedback. It is helping alittle, but this attitude
(policy?) that the user comes second still scares me.