Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment
Posted Jul 13, 2012 0:46 UTC (Fri) by BenHutchings
In reply to: Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment
Parent article: Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment
As far as I understand it, the tg3 driver requires binary-only firmware for some (half?) of the hardware it supports.
The firmware file dependencies are declared statically per-module, so we can't determine whether a specific device might or might not need a firmware file. Only a few very early Broadcom GbE chips need those firmware patches. The others presumably still run non-free firmware but it's installed in some form of NVRAM.
The main reason for warning on upgrades is that new driver versions may require new firmware blobs. Perhaps we should try to avoid repeatedly warning about the same files.
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