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Resolved: firmware is not software

Resolved: firmware is not software

Posted Aug 30, 2006 23:35 UTC (Wed) by caitlinbestler (subscriber, #32532)
In reply to: Resolved: firmware is not software by Ross
Parent article: Resolved: firmware is not software

Freedom is supposed to enable users.

Requiring that a Free OS only interoperate with
other Free OSs would be a hideous violation of
the underlying concept of the Internet.

The point is that the other machine is a different
work. The GPL software is supposed to be able
to interoperate with it.

If a device with firmware in ROM is a different
work, then it should not lose its unique identity
merely because it bootstraps its firmware instead.
Any more than a remote machine loses its independent
status when it uses DHCP.


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