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Re: Debian-installer, older hardware, boot loaders, miboot & amiboot & ..

Henning Makholm wrote:

Scripsit Lewis Jardine <s9902074@sms.ed.ac.uk>

If the code is as small and simple as described, clean-room
implementation should take about as much time as getting a reply from

The problem with clean-room implementations is not so much producing
them as debugging and testing them enough to be reasonably sure that
they will work in *all* computers that were built to accept the
original. If we could (legally) produce something what is bitwise
identical to the original, we could sidestep that whole problem.

Is it legal to have a third-party look over the copyrighted and the cleanroomed bootsectors, and see if they're the same (and tell parties one and two either 'yes' or 'no'), or does that contaminate p1/p2?

Lewis Jardine

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