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SubjectRe: Device Driver
Keith Owens wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Oct 2000 09:57:08 -0700,
> Miles Lane <> wrote:
> >> On Mon, 16 Oct 2000 14:30:39 +1000,
> >> "Mike McLeod" <> wrote:
> >> >All of the code is open except for an image file that is loaded
> >> >onto the card when the driver is installed that handles it's
> >> >logic. From here, how do we begin the process of getting our
> >> >drivers included into the kernel?
> >
> >I presume your driver doesn't mind if this image is unavailable.
> >If not, you'll need to provide a open source image to use in place
> >of your proprietary one.
> Linus, please confirm.
> Firmware for cards can be proprietary. It can either be installed by a
> userspace utility on startup (nothing to do with the kernel) or it can
> be installed by the kernel driver for the card during initialization.
> In the latter case, the image must be supplied in text format and
> converted to binary, no binary files in the kernel tarball.

My name is not Linus, but I can confirm. The userspace utility
procedure is preferred nowadays. However for say a SCSI card with a
processor on the board that would be inconvenient, as people are
likely to want to boot from the card.


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