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Re: non-free firmware

On Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00:06PM -0500, Nathanael Nerode wrote:

> Source code is clearly mandatory under the DFSG for programs.

Actually, that's a bit of a tricky one.  I've written small programs
entirely in binary, for which there was no source code.  Are you
claiming that such programs could not possibly be DFSG-free?  Because,
if so, I strongly disagree.  The GPL only refers to the "preferred
form of the work for making modifications to it."  In the case of a
program written by hand in binary, binary would seem to qualify.

But in general, yes, if a program HAS source code, then that source
code should be properly available under a DFSG license for the program
to be considered DFSG-compliant.  Most binary blobs I've seen in
drivers are large enough that I would refuse to believe they were
coded by hand in binary.

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