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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre

jeff wrote:

Well, Red Hat added it to the Linux kernel before the "Derived from Proprietary Sources" line was added. How do you know Red Hat doesn't have or never had the source to it? I don't think they have it, but I've never seen them say they didn't.

Can you provide the commit ID showing that it was Red Hat that
committed it to the upstream Linux kernel source tree? I'm actually
curious to have a look at that commit.

Somewhere else in this thread, jeff wrote:
> The "GPLing" of the driver (MODULE_LICENSE("GPL")) and the inclusion of
 > a chunk of non-free code occurred in commit [1]
 > 2d8a9d3fd19147c808aa39ddc69a743d1c90f199.
 > The commit shows David S. Miller (davem redhat com) and Jeff Garzik
 > (jgarzik mandrakesoft com) as authors.
 > [1] git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/tglx/history.git


Per the debian discussion on this topic at http://wiki.debian.org/KernelFirmwareLicensing this was fixed in this commit: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commitdiff;h=49cabf49abd7676d026a61baabf5aae9337a82be;hp=9beb1d587f690d5b2f9087f8f10c0ff9f6b66886
(i.e. the GPL indication removed).

But that is simply wrong. Did you go to your own URL? It doesn't remove *a single line*. It just added (in 2005):

+ *     Derived from proprietary unpublished source code,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.

I guess I didn't look that closely. Maybe the GPL line was removed earlier and this put in (back?) the permission to distribute. I just pasted the link from the debian discussion where they quoted the earlier one that said it was GPL and then said this commit solved their problem with it. See the tg3 section of the 1st link I posted.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell gmail com

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