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Re: firmware-nonfree : ipw2200 ?

Frank Lin PIAT wrote:
On Fri, 2008-10-24 at 08:05 +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:
On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 01:15:10AM +0200, Frank Lin PIAT wrote:
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.

- 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.

That would be too bad... but only Intel should be blamed.

From my experiences, Intel changes firmware licenses, if we ask.
If you point to other "acceptable" (for our non-free) Intel firmware
license, it is better.

Ah, it could simplify the task, if you tell him that it would easier
the inclusion in Ubuntu.


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