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Re: On the freeness of a BLOB-containing driver

Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> writes:

> Op za, 11-12-2004 te 20:12 -0500, schreef Glenn Maynard:
>> On Sat, Dec 11, 2004 at 04:43:48PM -0800, Bruce Perens wrote:
>> > What about the rest of the driver? I think that if you remove the BLOB, 
>> > it's Free Software. It talks to a bus interface, which is a natural 
>> > demarcation between our Free Software and the proprietary hardware 
>> > design. It loads an arbitrary firmware file into the device. The device 
>> > might not work without the BLOB, but the driver's still free as long as 
>> > it does not incorporate the BLOB.
>> It's free, but it has a non-optional dependency on non-free software,
> If it does, then Samba depends on non-free software as well.

How so? I can install samba and use smbmount all from main or not?


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