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Re: acenic firmware rewrite

On Thu, 07 Apr 2005 01:11:38 +0200, Peter 'p2' De Schrijver wrote:

> Hi,
> Reading http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/12/msg00078.html I
> wondered if people would be willing to work on a free firmware for the
> Tigon II chip.  I didn't look at the existing code yet, but looking at the
> datasheet
> (http://alteon.shareable.org/firmware-source/12.4.13/tigonbk.pdf.bz2) it
> doesn't seem to be a very complicated chip to code for. I'm not sure
> however, how to handle the development in such a way the resulting
> firmware can be released under a free license without any legal risks. I
> have 2 PCI boards with the Tigon II chip and a 1000BaseSX PHY. I also have
> an Ace Director III loadbalancer which consist of 10 Tigon II chips. 8 of
> those are used for 100BaseT interfaces, 1 has a 1000BaseSX PHY and the
> 10th is used as a system controller.

I can't imagine there would be any issues if you released both the source
and binary, and licensed them under the GPL.  The firmware source and
binary can both be distributed in the kernel (with the binary actually in
the driver source code).

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