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

Le jeudi 07 avril 2005 à 09:03 -0400, Richard B. Johnson a écrit :
> Well it doesn't make any difference. If GPL has degenerated to
> where one can't upload microcode to a device as part of its
> initialization, without having the "source" that generated that
> microcode, we are in a lot of hurt. Intel isn't going to give their
> designs away.

The GPL doesn't forbid that. The GPL forbids to put this microcode
directly in the same binary as the GPL code. Of course, nothing forbids
some GPL'ed code to take a binary elsewhere and to upload it into the

At least that's my opinion; AIUI, Sven Luther believes it is possible if
the firmware has a decent (but not necessarily free) license.
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