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Re: On the freeness of a BLOB-containing driver



On Sun, Dec 12, 2004 at 02:30:51PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> 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.

Why?  Samba can talk to Samba.  I'm not aware of too many device drivers
that can do something useful by talking to another device driver of the same
type instead of the real hardware device...

- Matt

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