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but according to the FSF, if this is something that needs a soldering iron to change it's acceptable.
Posted Oct 15, 2010 19:10 UTC (Fri) by josh (subscriber, #17465)
Posted Oct 15, 2010 21:12 UTC (Fri) by endecotp (guest, #36428)
No, that's not what they say; the criteria is:
" ...except for certain microcode and firmware.
The exception applies to auxiliary processors or low level
processors, none of whose software is meant to be installed or
changed by the user or by the seller. This can include, for
instance, microcode inside a processor, firmware built into an
I/O device, or code compiled into an FPGA. The software in such
auxiliary and lowlevel processors does not count as product
Not "nobody can change", but simply "not meant to be changed" (meant by whom?), and has to be a "low level processor".
(Note that the linked text is evolving...)
Posted Oct 15, 2010 21:23 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I could argue that on a smartphone, the cpu running linux is the "auxiliary processor" and that the main processor is the one running the radio (this would still be non-free, but would again make it so that the source for linux wouldn't be needed by this nebulous criteria)
they either need to say that they don't care about device firmware (and then define it suitable, for Tivo, linux is the device firmware), or they need to not make exceptions for firmware that may be harder to modify.
Posted Oct 20, 2010 2:09 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
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