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Re: How long is it acceptable to leave *undistributable* files in the kernel package?

Joe Wreschnig wrote:
> When you compile a kernel, the firmware is included in it. When you
> distribute that compiled binary, you're distributing a work derived from
> the kernel and the firmware. This is not a claim that the firmware is a
> derivative of the Linux kernel, or vice versa. Rather, the compiled
> binary is a derivative of both.
> For someone to claim that data compiled into a program but not executed
> is "mere aggregation" is nonsense. Is a program that prints the source
> code to GNU ls (stored as a string constant in the program, not an
> external file) a derivative of GNU ls? Of course it is. This is
> *exactly* analogous to the situation with firmware.

Could you please explain how exactly the derivation works in this case?
And please bring forward some more convincing arguments than "this is
nonsense", "this is obvious", or some broken analogy.


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