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Re: Bug#239952: kernel-source-2.6.4: qla2xxx contains non-freefirmware

>>>>> "Henning" == Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> writes:

    Henning> Scripsit Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net>
    >> It ought not to be difficult (neither in a technical or in a
    >> economic/legal sense) for manufacturers to ship the standard
    >> firmware as a separate file on the driver CD that usually
    >> accompanies such hardware, and for the authors of free drivers
    >> to make the kernel look for the firmware on the file system
    >> when the device is first accessed.  The driver could log an
    >> appropriate message during boot-up which some appropriate
    >> package could inspect (during installation, or even at each
    >> boot if so configured) and ask the user to insert the vendor's
    >> driver CD in order to copy firmware from it.

    Henning> A side question: Does -legal think that it would be OK
    Henning> for Debian to distribute *checksums* of the non-free
    Henning> magic blob-of-bits, such that it can be located inside a
    Henning> Windows driver on a disk without needing to know its
    Henning> exact position?

Yes.  I don't think the checksum is copyrightable.  It doesn't seem
likely to be NDA material in most cases.

You could change the checksum all you want; it would break the code,
but we've never had a requirement that you be able to make arbitrary
changes to code and have it still work.

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