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binary blob license issues

binary blob license issues

Posted Dec 19, 2013 13:30 UTC (Thu) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
In reply to: binary blob license issues by robbe
Parent article: SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

The current version of SteamOS builds the binary drivers on first boot, in the same way that Ubuntu does. This is (arguably) not distribution and so the GPL provisions don't kick in.


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so they have considered it then

Posted Dec 20, 2013 10:00 UTC (Fri) by alex (subscriber, #1355) [Link]

The fact they do this means they must have thought about the legal implications (unless it already came for free from the Debian repos which I doubt).

so they have considered it then

Posted Dec 20, 2013 13:25 UTC (Fri) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

Debian[1] ship them in exactly the same way.

[1] Yes yes non-free isn't part of Debian

so they have considered it then

Posted Dec 23, 2013 21:02 UTC (Mon) by BenHutchings (subscriber, #37955) [Link]

The nvidia drivers are packaged in Debian as both 'source' (source for the Linux glue layer and object files for the OS-independent part) to be built using DKMS and as binary modules built against Debian kernel packages. Both packages are in non-free and not on official media, which perhaps provides the necessary separation.

binary blob license issues

Posted Dec 23, 2013 8:51 UTC (Mon) by robbe (subscriber, #16131) [Link]

Did you mean s/build/download/ ? At least Debian does no compiling here. AFAICS there's not even a shim available as source, it's just a closed-source .ko all around.

binary blob license issues

Posted Dec 23, 2013 21:47 UTC (Mon) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

No, I mean build. That's the entire point of dkms.


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