[lkml]   [2004]   [Mar]   [25]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: Binary-only firmware covered by the GPL?
At Fri, 26 Mar 2004 00:33:39 +0000,
Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> I realise there's a grey area between "magic data you write to a device"
> and "a program that is executed on a different processor". For example,
> palette data for a frame buffer. But nobody's arguing for that grey
> area here -- it's clearly a program without source code that Debian
> can't distribute.

Well, I also think this is grey area.

But think about: why can we distribute assembler only code in linux
kernel? It's near to binary form (objdump -d is your friend).

If they insist this source code is GPL, then I think this code is
covered under GPL at least for this case. If it's GPL, then we can
derive the newer firmware code from this original ql2100_fw.c freely.

-- gotom
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 14:01    [W:0.063 / U:3.952 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site