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Re: How long is it acceptable to leave *undistributable* files in the kernel package?

On Fri, Jun 18, 2004 at 09:02:25AM -0400, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
> I would be much more convinced if I saw an argument from the
> GPL-incompatible-firmware-is-OK side as to why the GPL prohibits
> distributing linkages of GPL'd and GPL-incompatible code.

The interpretation favoured by kernel hackers is that anything that runs
on the host CPU is part of the program, and anything that runs on the
card is just data for the program to operate on.

"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon 
the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those
conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse
to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince 
himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep 
he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." -- Mark Twain

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