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Re: firmware-nonfree : ipw2200 ?

On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 01:15:10AM +0200, Frank Lin PIAT wrote:
> Hello,
> [CC'ing since someone may have the answer]
> I have just tested Lenny on a laptop[1] with an Intel Pro Wireless 2200
> chipset. As you probably known the kernel module ipw2200 requires a
> non-free firmware.
> I'm wondering why it hasn't been packaged yet (since that card was
> fairly common).
> The license question was brought to debian-legal[1] and it seems there
> was no barrier.
> Of course, the boring part is that 1. It's non-free and  2. We must
> prompt the user to approve the license.
> - Do you know why the firmware was never shipped in Debian?

Because its license, contrary to other intel wireless firmware license
forbids redistributing. Which means we can't even distribute it in

> - If I provide a patch, do you think if have a chance to be in Lenny?

Except if the license changed, no chance.


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