Re: Microcode license [#3]
Um.. just to reiterate what's going on here:
For Debian to distribute the microcode at all, we need permission to
For Debian to distribute the microcode *as a part of Debian*, we'd need
the microcode to meet the DFSG.
[No one (other than Thomas Bushnell) is advocating that the microcode
be distributed under the DFSG.]
For the microcode loader to be distributed *as a part of Debian* the
microcode loader, of course, needs to meet the DFSG.
However, note that if the only use for the microcode loader is to load
the non-free microcode, we'll wind up putting it into contrib. Contrib is
an official part of Debian, but it's a part that is useless without some
non-free element (which Debian might or might not distribute).
Which brings us back to the first point: If Debian is to be allowed
to distribute the microcode then Debian has to be granted permission to
It's really not any more complicted than that.
 different people have different ideas of what Debian is -- and that
none of them are likely to be relevant in any legal context
 except maybe in a court such as Delaware's Chancery Court
(http://courts.state.de.us/chancery), which in some senses is more of
a moral court than a legal court. But most of Debian is outside the
jurisdiction of this court, so this is a fairly trivial comment.