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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre



jeff wrote:


I personally downloaded this file believing that I was getting a free GPL driver. Broadcom says so in the patch itself, in the included LICENSE file, and their website when you click to download it. Red Hat is shipping it as GPLv2. So either they have to provide the source (if they have it), stop shipping it, or *at least* stop saying they are shipping a GPLv2 kernel if they are unwilling/unable to provide the source.

You missed the discussion where it was pointed out that some firmware
is written in hex directly, as there is no compiler. Good luck with
demanding the source to that dude...




  ---->   "Derived from proprietary unpublished source code"  <----



linux-2.6.25/drivers/net/tg3.c:

/*
 * tg3.c: Broadcom Tigon3 ethernet driver.
 *
 * Copyright (C) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 David S. Miller (davem redhat com)
 * Copyright (C) 2001, 2002, 2003 Jeff Garzik (jgarzik pobox com)
 * Copyright (C) 2004 Sun Microsystems Inc.
 * Copyright (C) 2005-2007 Broadcom Corporation.
 *
 * Firmware is:
 *      Derived from proprietary unpublished source code,
 *      Copyright (C) 2000-2003 Broadcom Corporation.
 *
 *      Permission is hereby granted for the distribution of this firmware
 *      data in hexadecimal or equivalent format, provided this copyright
 *      notice is accompanying it.
 */



tg3.c is the example I have been using all along.

And note the difference between this and the earlier one you previously posted that (probably mistakenly) said it was GPL'd.

Of course actually getting Red Hat or Broadcom to turn it over wouldn't be easy.

That's probably not one of the choices. Demanding that distribution be stopped of everything containing the one claiming to be GPL might be, if that's what you want, but only the copyright holder could enforce that demand.

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  Les Mikesell
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