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Re: kernel firmwares: GR proposal

On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 11:05:10AM -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> writes:
> >> It seems to me that this GR is unacceptable in this form because it
> >> does not give an adequate definition of firmware, and people seem to
> >> mean many different things by it.
> >
> > Well, in this case, firmware is clearly the firmware blobs actually into the
> > kernel without sources. This GR speaks only about the linux kernel, and is
> > not really generic like Steve's, and clearly mentions earlier the firmware as
> > being either program or register dumps.
> So how do I know whether something is "firmware" instead of just
> ordinary sourceless code?

Ah, well, i would say that the definition you search here are :

  hexdump sourceless blobs which are uploaded to a peripheral device.

> Or is this supposed to be a blanket exemption for any non-source code
> in the kernel, of whatever sort?

Comon sense and good faith should do just fine, but the above, hinted at in
the overview, should help out, no ? 


Sven Luther

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