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Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?

"Marco d'Itri" <md@Linux.IT> writes:

> bts@alum.mit.edu wrote:
>>I think that requiring a hardware upgrade to support behavior is
>>irrelevant to free software.  Firmware that's part of the hardware is
>>part of the hardware.  Firmware that looks like software is software.
>>If Debian *could* ship it, it's software.
> This distinction is not clear at all to me. What if I take a dump of the
> flash EPROM chip? Does this magically makes the firmware a software?

There's no magic about it.  If I build a simulator for some hardware,
then my simulator's software.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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