Re: On the freeness of a BLOB-containing driver
Wouter Verhelst <email@example.com> 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?