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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:13:57 +0100
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Jason Self wrote:
John Sullivan <address@hidden> wrote ..

If this log shows that there is still nonfree firmware in
the kernel...

There does seem to be. For example /Documentation/video4linux/ is still around. The program itself is free software, but its sole purpose appears to be extracting non-free firmware out of a Windows driver so that it can be used on GNU/Linux. There also appears to be some stuff still hanging out in /firmware as well.

The request_firmware calls are also less than ideal. IIRC, it writes a log message about needed firmware if the firmware file is missing, thus suggesting that the users should install said firmware. I also seem to recall some mechanism that could even automatically download missing firmware (e.g. from the manufacturer's website), but I could be wrong.

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