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Re: non-free firmware

On Tue, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:38:21AM -0600, Bill Allombert wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2006 at 01:45:11AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > >   You may redistribute the hardware specific firmware binary file
> > >   under the following terms:

> > >         1. Redistribution of source code (only if applicable),
> > >            must retain the above copyright notice, this list of
> > >            conditions and the following disclaimer.

> > >         2. Redistribution in binary form must reproduce the above
> > >            copyright notice, this list of conditions and the
> > >            following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other
> > >            materials provided with the distribution.

> > >         3. The name of QLogic Corporation may not be used to
> > >            endorse or promote products derived from this software
> > >            without specific prior written permission

> > > Which unless someone released a heavily modified GPL licence silently in out
> > > back, very very far from the GPL itself.

> > Yes; this is not GPL, this is a simple BSD license.  The BSD license is
> > certainly considered free:  it grants us all the redistribution and
> > modification rights that we require in order for a work to be included in
> > main.  The only thing it doesn't grant us in this case (which is not a
> > license issue, though the license does acknowledge the issue) is source
> > redistribution simply because we don't have any source code.

> It is not BSD license, it does not grant the right to distribute modified versions.
> So even with the source this would still be nonfree.

Hrm, true.  Thanks for catching me on this; regardless of the source
question, then, this particular firmware license isn't free enough for main.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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