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SubjectRe: non-free firmware in kernel modules, aggregation and unclear copyright notice.
On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 11:36:58AM +0200, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > > Second step is to make the built-in firmware a
> > > config option and then later on when the infrastructure matures for
> > > firmware loading/providing firmware it can be removed from the driver
> > > entirely.
> >
> > I think the infrasturcture is quite mature. We have a lot of drivers
> > that require it to function.
> what seems to be currently missing is distro level support for using
> firmware for modules needed for booting (and tg3 falls sort of under
> that via nfsroot) and widespread easy availability of firmware in
> distros and for users.

Well, apart from the installation case, simply using such kernel is easy
enough, if you use an initrd. The mkinitrd script only has to be aware of
this, and include the needed firmware in the initrd, as it does for the
modules. Initial installation will have to either have the possibility to
build custom initrds with the firmware blobs in it, or a way to easily get
those firmware blobs (from CD, floppy, net, ...), or have support for a second
initrd which would contain the firmware. I don't believe there is already
support for a second ramdisk in todays kernel.


Sven Luther

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