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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre



Les Mikesell wrote:
jeff wrote:
Les Mikesell wrote:
jeff wrote:
That would be a reasonable change. How is it done in drivers where the firmware has always been known to be non-GPL but redistributable? tg3 might be a special case due to its copyright change.

The firmware hasn't always been known to be non-GPL. It was distributed for years under the GPL, so it *is* GPL, but they are violating the GPL by not shipping the source code.

Have you even looked at tg3.c or it's history?


Just a quick google to find the discussion here:
http://wiki.debian.org/KernelFirmwareLicensing with its note that the corrected license was committed here: http://kernel.org/git/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commitdiff;h=49cabf49abd7676d026a61baabf5aae9337a82be;hp=9beb1d587f690d5b2f9087f8f10c0ff9f6b66886

They changed the kernel source then, but that doesn't mean they aren't under obligations of the GPL since they distributed it for *years* under the GPL.

-Jeff


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