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

neroden@twcny.rr.com wrote:

>Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> So you understand that we will remove from the kernel e.g. ide-cd and
>> the ACPI subsystem? This does not appears to be correct to me.
>Is it completely impossible to have an IDE CD drive or an ACPI hardware
>system without keeping part of it under proprietary copyright or patent
>control?  (i.e. is there a patent issue or an issue with restrictive
>standards licensing?)
I expect CD players to be subject to many patents, but I have never
investigate the issue (some may be expired).


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