Re: non-free firmware: driver in main or contrib?
On Sun, 24 Oct 2004, Raul Miller wrote:
> > > > Ignoring Brian's strange arguments about rodents, I can see no cases
> > > > where the user has more freedom if the firmware comes from an eeprom
> > > > rather than from a CD.
> > > He can sell the device with the firmware in it,
> > How's that different? If the firmware comes on a CD the user can sell the
> > device along with the CD. He can't copy the CD, but then he wouldn't be
> > allowed to copy the eeprom in the other case.
> It's different because, when the firmware is built into the device,
> the person who has the device has the firmware.
The person who has the device doesn't neceessarily have the firmware, because
the firmware can be removed. Of course, there are relatively few examples
where you'd *want* to remove the eeprom from the device, but similarly there
are few examples where you'd want to sell the device without accompanying it
with a CD.