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

bts@alum.mit.edu wrote:

>Heck, for all I know there's a device out there where the "firmware on
>disk" is verilog code, and it's compiled by the driver and loaded to
>an FPGA on the device.
>Surely that's software.
I'm not so sure that an FPGA design is software (for sane definitions of

>Why draw the line at software, then?  Why not wish for open specs for
>all the chips, so you can modify the CPU or GPU?
I do, don't you? But still this does not make it true, and I have to
accept reality.


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