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Re: qlogic firmware license

On Sun, 10 Jul 2005 16:50:53 +0300 Andres Salomon wrote:

> On Sat, 09 Jul 2005 01:11:46 +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > On Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:01:14 -0400 Andres Salomon wrote:
> > > 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.

Ah, well! As long as they are happy with this solution...

Anyway the copyright notice gives the *impression* that the drafter
knows very little about license compatibility (and the meaning of the
GNU GPL, given that something is offered under the GPL with no source).
Now I know that this is not actually the case, since you explained me
the real reason behind this awkward dual licensing, but the notice still
sounds strange.  :-( 

> > 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. :)

That is unfortunate, really unfortunate.
I mean: it's unfortunate that they won't make source available, not that
that was your first suggestion!  ;-)

BTW, which piece of hardware is this?
Are we talking about CONFIG_SCSI_QLOGIC_FC_FIRMWARE, by chance?

Just to remember and avoid buying the card...

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