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Re: Bits from the DPL: Freedom and etch

Anthony Towns wrote:

>     (c) A number of drivers in the Linux kernel include firmware to be
>         uploaded to the chipsets they support that is provided as
>         either a sequence of hex codes, or as a separate binary file --
>         while modifying the code is allowed, in many if not most or all
>         such cases, the firmware is effectively being provided without
>         useful source.

It would have been very helpful, Anthony, if you had linked to the list of
*exactly* what drivers are at issue.  (And exactly what the legal issues are
for each one: GPL-without-source and no-license-text drivers are serious and
separate issues, and affect far more drivers than properly-licensed
sourceless firmware affects.)

I suggest a d-d-a post adding this link:


Nathanael Nerode  <neroden@fastmail.fm>

Bush admitted to violating FISA and said he was proud of it.
So why isn't he in prison yet?...

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