Posted Jun 7, 2008 15:55 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Firmware distribution
Parent article: Moving the firmware out
I can see strategic, logistic and practical considerations against distributing the firmware with the Linux kernel.
Those are all good reasons, but they don't seem to have anything to do with the post to which you replied, which asks the question:
Under what possible theory based on the Linux copyright would the hardware vendor think it's a bad idea to permit people to distribute its firmware?
Some of the reasons you give are motiviations for people other than the hardware vendor to oppose having firmware distributed in the kernel. The others are reasons not based on the Linux copyright.
The article implied that there are hardware vendors who don't want their firmware distributed with the Linux kernel, but would be OK with it being distributed in a package which is copyright-licensed more liberally.
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