The trouble with firmware
Posted Jan 6, 2011 7:32 UTC (Thu) by james
Parent article: The trouble with firmware
While his scenarios are a little bit of a stretchwhy distribute a project that contains these problematic pieces?
that its source RPMs not contain any "problematic pieces" (e.g. patent-afflicted code): not compiling them into the binary or patching them out of the source isn't good enough.
For example, Damien Miller of OpenSSH was rather annoyed six years ago to find that Fedora was not building OpenSSH from standard OpenSSH tarballs.
It turned out that Red Hat had chosen not to ship the ACSS code in OpenSSH, since it was "believed to be compatible with" the
CSS DRM in DVDs, and both possession and distribution of CSS-compatible code is illegal under many laws, including the American DMCA.
So if Fedora were to switch to downloading sources from Git at build-time, rather than storing them in the SRPM, they would need something like this.
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