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



>> 2- Debian distributes an "operating System", so we are allowed to
>>    distribute it.
> 
> Maybe it's just that English is not my mother tongue, but I just can't
> help my reading the license statement as meaning:
> 
> ``These microcode updates are distributed for the sole purpose of
> installation in [...] computer systems [...] sold or distributed to or
> by you.''

Actually, I think it parses this way:

   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))).

i.e., the "sold to or by" is the CPU,

the computer system includes such CPU

the bios or OS is that of such a computer system

the microcode can only be installed in such bios/os.


As expected, Intel wants to restrict such code to computers running
their processors. If you ship AMD you can't distribute their microcode.
Distributing a generic operating system doesn't match these conditions.

/alessandro



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