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Re: DFSG violations: non-free but no contrib

On Sun, 2008-11-02 at 14:51 +0100, Aurelien Jarno wrote:
> Everyone agrees that firmwares are a bit special
> in the world of software due to the fact they don't run on the host
> CPU.

I don't think they are at all special. What interprets the software - be
it a 'cpu', a 'vm' or a co-processor like many video cards, or something
like an arduino doesn't alter the basic attributes - there is machine
code for one or more machines, which is usually derived from some more
editable source (more can be quite a range though) though compilation.

If firmware is special, so is java, .net, ocaml, all 32-bit i386
binaries (because bochs can emulate them elsewhere) etc.


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