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

On Sun, Oct 24, 2004 at 10:45:18PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Ok, I guess somewhere I lost track of exactly what was being argued in this
> thread.  I agree, if the user (or some group of users to whom the driver is
> useful) already have the required firmware, either in the device's flash or
> on a driver CD, it shouldn't be necessary for us to consider this a
> dependency of the driver, and thus the driver is eligible for main.  I was
> thinking of the possible case where *we* had to distribute a firmware blob.

Like for ipw2200 and ipw2100 drivers. We don't exactly have to
distribute the firmware blob. Actually, we have to not distribute it
because its license doesn't authorize it. And it is only available on
the driver website. It's not even the same as the one embedded in the
windows driver (yes, it is embedded in the driver, it doesn't
come as an independant file on a CD or whatever).
In such case, even if the license of the driver is free, it can *not* go
into main.


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