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Re: Bug#282667: microcode.ctl: License clarification request: the microcode update file can't be distributed the way it is

Jan Minar wrote:
Package: microcode.ctl
Version: 1.11-1
Severity: normal

Hi, people!

CC-ing upstream, as it applies to them rather than to Debian, and
debian-legal, as it will end up there anyways.

IMO, the microcode update license forbids the way of re-distribution as
it is used currently by the Debian package (postinst downloads it from a
website), as well as the upstream distribution (downloadable from a

| /+++
| / Copyright Intel Corporation, 1995, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04. | / | / These microcode updates are distributed for the sole purpose of | / installation in the BIOS or Operating System of computer systems
| /       which include a Genuine Intel microprocessor sold or distributed
| /       to or by you. You are not authorized to use this material for
| / any other purpose. | /---

-- I think neither Debian nor upstream satisfies this.  If this was true
users would have to obtain the update manually (not that bad idea).

Intel should be asked to ``clarify'' their license.

-- This will take a long time, presumably, but as the code is non-free,
therefore not distributed in Debian, and upstream will not likely remove
it, and it's a bugfix anyway, who cares.

debian-legal already clarified this.

1- Intel sent to us microcode and allowed us to distribute it.
   (see archieve of debian-legal)
2- Debian distributes an "operating System", so we are allowed to
   distribute it.


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