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Re: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware

On Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 03:21:35PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> writes:
> > In cases like hte NLSU thingy, the firmware goes to include the whole linux +
> > userland stack on top of whatever they use for booting, since it is held in
> > the flash of the board.
> Wow.  I thought that "doesn't run on the main CPU" was entirely
> indefensible.  It hadn't occurred to me that there is a definition
> which is even *worse*: "runs out of NVRAM instead of DRAM."

Nope, it could just as well be decompressed into RAM from the flash.

Basically, it is all software (largest sense) which is provided by the
hardware vendor, as board support software. Firm = Vendor for this.


Sven Luther

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