You are correct, I was indeed responding to khim's original comment.
And please note I did -not- say "not in the GPL sense", but rather "not in the GPL/copyright
derived-works sense". The legal complexities and uncertainties alluded to by your response to
your modified version of my statement is indeed one reason why I don't have an opinion on how
drivers and firmware blobs should be distributed.
The main point I am trying to make -- which you appear to agree with -- is that there is good
and sufficient motivation to provide users with some mechanism that automatically matches up
the Linux-kernel driver with the corresponding device firmware. This is I believe that point
that Dave Miller was getting at in the original article.
And -of- -course- we must do this automatic matching in a way that honors the GPL and other
relevant licenses and laws. But we must do the automatic matching of driver and firmware, one
way or another.
Sincerely, Paul E. McKenney (my opinions, not those of my employer)