Re: kernel firmwares: GR proposal
On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 11:05:10AM -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Sven Luther <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 ?