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Re: non-free firmware in kernel modules, aggregation and unclear copyright notice.

David Schmitt wrote:

 On Thursday 07 April 2005 09:25, Jes Sorensen wrote:

> [snip] I got it from Alteon under a written agreement stating I
> could distribute the image under the GPL. Since the firmware is
> simply data to Linux, hence keeping it under the GPL should be just
> fine.

 Then I would like to exercise my right under the GPL to aquire the
 source code for the firmware (and the required compilers, starting
 with genfw.c which is mentioned in acenic_firmware.h) since - as far
 as I know - firmware is coded today in VHDL, C or some assembler and
 the days of hexcoding are long gone.

First, there is *NOT* any requirement in the GPL at all that requires making compilers available. Otherwise it would not be possible, for instance, have a Visual Basic GPL'd application. And yes, it is possible.

Second, up until the present day I have personal experience with hardware producers that do not have enough money to buy expensive toolchains and used a lot of hand-work to code hardware parameters. So, at least for them, hand-hexcoding-days are still going.



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