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Re: firmware blobs

On Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 09:05:44AM -0700, ldoolitt@recycle.lbl.gov wrote:
> Kernel team (and lurkers) -
> Binary-only firmware in the Linux kernel lives on in Debian's
> anxiety closet.
> I find 59 instances in linux-2.6_2.6.17.orig.tar.gz.  Please
> review my analysis posted at
>   http://doolittle.icarus.com/~larry/fwinventory/2.6.17.html

Thanks for this report, it is nice to see someone actually contributing useful
information instead of just complaining :)

> Unless something changes soon, we're looking at 59 RC bugs
> in the linux-2.6 source package.  The good news (AFAICT) is

Well, i think a single RC bug with info about all of them would be enough.

> that ripping these non-SC-conforming files out of the kernel,

Well, i think it would be easier to move the whole drivers to non-free, this
is the way we have been doing this until now at least.

BTW, if you have some time, and feel like doing it, could you identify the
copyright holders on the non-distributable parts of it ? It would make asking
them to clarify the licencing easier that way, as we already did for broadcom
and the ql-thingies.

> or putting conforming replacements back in, doesn't change
> the kernel ABI, so this work could be considered consistent
> with a release freeze.

Nice, but there is lengthy and non-negligible d-i work which needs to be done,
and as they want to freeze pretty early ...


Sven Luther

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