Posted Sep 29, 2008 21:20 UTC (Mon) by iabervon
In reply to: Wow?
Parent article: Atheros releases ath5k HAL code
But if someone wants to write a GPL driver, then it (may be) impossible to distribute the binary blob alongside the driver.
According to the GPL (Section 3, last paragraph): "In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the Program with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a volume of a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work under the scope of this License."
You may not be able to stick the firmware in the driver as a hex constant, and the firmware license may prohibit redistribution, but distributing it alongside the driver is explicitly permitted by a plain reading of the GPL.
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