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

Giuseppe Bilotta wrote:

On Fri, 08 Apr 2005 20:42:17 +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:

Every book in my book shelf is software?
If you digitalize it, yes.

AFAIK software only refers to programs, not to arbitrary sequences of
bytes. An MP3 file isn't "software". Although it surely isn't hardware

AFAIK "software" is just the complementary concept of "hardware". Hardware is hard, ie, the parts of anything you can touch. Software is the *information* part of anything. In the case of a table, hardware are the wood, nails, nuts and bolts that make the table and software is the design of the table, the recipy of the resin used to coat it, etc. In the case of a computer, hardware is the boards, case, monitor and software is all the information used to make the thing work, including all programs and all data contained in it.


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