> 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.
The lkml thread seems to indicate there are some hardware vendors who are unwilling to let
their firmware be distributed with the kernel. Perhaps they are concerned (rightly or
wrongly) that allowing that would subject _their_ code to the GPL.