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

bts@alum.mit.edu wrote:

>> On the other hand, if it's clearly software when it's on CD then it's
>> clearly software when it's on eeprom.
>False.  That's why we call it firmware, not just "software living on a device".
Get real. Software does not change its nature depending on the media
it's stored on.

>It's an implementation detail of the hardware that they happen to have
>shipped a microprocessor and a hardwired program.  If the program had
>been burned into a circuit in an FPGA, would you still call it
I'm not sure if a FPGA description should be considered a program.

>If it's a single-use PROM, is it still software?
Yes, sure.


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