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Re: qlogic firmware license

On Thu, 07 Jul 2005 15:13:47 -0400 Andres Salomon wrote:

> Hi,
> QLogic just emailed me the wording of their new license for qla2xxx
> firmware.

Good, thanks for dealing with this issue!  :)

> Please let me know if anyone sees problems with this.
> Copyright (C)  2003 â??2005 QLogic Corporation [QLA2x00]
> This program includes a device driver for Linux 2.6.x that is
> distributed with QLogic hardware specific firmware binary file.  You
> may modify and redistribute the device driver code under the GNU
> Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation (version 2
> or a later version) and/or under the following terms, as applicable:
[conditions picked from a 3-clause BSD license follow, but with a
modified disclaimer]

First of all, it's the "GNU General Public License", otherwise they're
referring to a non-existent license...  ;-)

Then a question: this looks like dual licensing the work under
GPLv2 / 3-clause-BSD.
Why not just a 3-clause BSD license?
It's simple, DFGS-free and GPL-compatible. Adding an optional GPL seems
to be a no-op...

Finally, what are we talking about?  ;-)
Is this the license for the driver?
Or rather for the firmware?
Or for both?
It's not clear to me, I apologize: first they say "program = driver +
firmware", then they seemingly give permissions for the driver only.
Where are the permissions granted for the firmware?

    :-(   This Universe is buggy! Where's the Creator's BTS?   ;-)
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