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Re: Bug reports of DFSG violations are tagged ???lenny-ignore????

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 04:50:23PM -0500, William Pitcock wrote:
> In the kernel itself, yes. Provided that:
>   * the kernel framework for loading firmware is used for drivers
> depending on non-free firmware, and
>   * that firmware is available in non-free via firmware-nonfree

What if the firmware has a license on it that doesn't permit
redistribution in non-free?  Then what?

> Infact, once I have time, I intend to start pushing patches upstream to
> make this happen.
> But this is going to take another kernel release cycle... if we intend
> to release Lenny with 2.6.26, than this is not an option.

Well, if 2.6.27 in fact fixes a large amount of the firmware problem,
and happens to be a long term support kernel which is going to be used
by many distributions, then perhaps releasing Lenny with 2.6.26 is the
wrong choice and should be reconsidered.

> For hardware where this is an unacceptable solution, rewriting the
> driver to not use the firmware may still be possible.

Sometimes.  Certainly some hardware doesn't do anything without its
firmware.  Perhaps alternate firmware could be written, although often
there isn't any documentation around to do that.

Len Sorensen

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