Resolved: firmware is not software
Posted Aug 24, 2006 8:23 UTC (Thu) by evgeny
In reply to: Resolved: firmware is not software
Parent article: Resolved: firmware is not software
> It doesn't matter what platform your running it on, what sort of operating system your using, what sort of CPU your using.
It's not the point. The point is about _distributing_ it, not about using. E.g., shipping with Debian a PXE boot image of a non-free OS (even if it's supposed to be run on a hardware Debian hasn't been ported to) would be a similar violation of the policy.
I do agree, though, that an excemption should be made for distributing firmware.
> If the manufacturer is just to cheap to invest in a little peice of ROM for their devices then what else did they go cheap on?
Well, why? I see no technical drawbacks from loading the firmware by the driver. I think it makes the things more flexible.
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