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SubjectRe: non-free firmware in kernel modules, aggregation and unclear copyright notice.
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On Wed, Apr 06, 2005 at 01:22:36PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org> writes:
>
> > On Tue, 2005-04-05 at 11:11 +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 09:49:25AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
> > > > I don't think you did get a rejection, a few people said that _they_
> > > > weren't going to do it, but if you want to then go ahead. I think people
> > > > are just fed up of people bringing up the issue and then failing to do
> > > > anything about it -- so prove them wrong ;-)
> > >
> > > Actually patches to add firmware loader support to tg3 got rejected.
> >
> > I think they will be accepted if they first introduce a transition
> > period where tg3 will do request_firmware() and only use the built-in
> > firmware if that fails. 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.
>
> For tg3 a transition period shouldn't be needed as firmware loading
> is only needed on old/buggy hardware which is not the common case.
> Or to support advanced features which can be disabled.
>
> I am fairly certain in that case the firmware came from the bcm5701
> broadcom driver for the tg3 which I think is gpl'd. So the firmware
> may legitimately be under the GPL.

So, where is the source for it ?

Friendly,

Sven Luther

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