Re: qlogic firmware license
On Sat, 09 Jul 2005 01:11:46 +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
> On Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:01:14 -0400 Andres Salomon wrote:
>> On Fri, 08 Jul 2005 01:59:25 +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
>> The reason for the dual licensing is because they have OEMs that would
>> need to re-qualify (that may be the incorrect wording, I forget what
>> they said, and it was a phone conversation so it's not in an inbox
>> anywhere) the driver if the license changes. That's a pain for
>> everyone involved, and would take several months. So, by
>> dual-licensing, the OEMs can continue using the driver and firmware
>> under the GPL (invalid or not),
> and thus violating QLogic copyright?
Yep. They have the legal team to defend themselves from lawsuits; we do
not. Therefore, we will take the safe route.
>> while we (Debian) can choose to use it
>> under a BSD-alike license.
> Well, with a BSDish license, we have permission to distribute, yes, so
> we can put this package in non-free.
> We cannot go beyond that, though: main and contrib are off-limits for a
> sourceless package.
> But that is surely clear to you...
Yep, they have no intention of making the source available; that was my
first suggestion. :)