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

glenn@zewt.org wrote:

>On Mon, Oct 25, 2004 at 11:44:37AM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> >Huh?  If a driver requires a firmware blob be copied from a driver CD,
>> Please repeat after me: "drivers do not require firmwares, hardware
>> devices require firmwares".
>The driver is opening a block of data on disk, reading it and sending it
>to the hardware.  If that data does not exist, the driver will be
>incapable of driving the hardware.  For the driver to work, in addition
>to installing it and the hardware device, you have to find and install
>a copy of the firmware to where the driver expects to find it.
No, this is not correct. If the firmware is not loaded the hardware
device will not provide some features, but the driver is still capable
to use them, if they were available.


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