dib0700 firmware licensing

Devin Heitmueller dheitmueller at kernellabs.com
Tue Oct 13 17:06:05 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM, Tim Gardner <tim.gardner at canonical.com> wrote:
> Devin Heitmueller wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM, Devin Heitmueller
>> <dheitmueller at kernellabs.com> wrote:
>>> A few weeks ago, various DVB firmware blobs got moved into
>>> linux-firmware-nonfree.  One of these was the firmware for the DibCom
>>> dib0700.
>>> We worked with DibCom to get them to clarify their licensing for the
>>> dib0700 1.20 firmware, and it can now be freely redistributed.
>>> The license terms can be found here:
>>> http://www.kernellabs.com/firmware/dib0700/README.dib0700
>>> We will be working to get this into dwm2's upstream linux-firmware
>>> tree, but given Karmic's schedule it would be worthwhile if we could
>>> get this moved out of linux-firmware-nonfree and back into
>>> linux-firmware before the release.
>>> Without this change, users will see a regression when they upgrade to
>>> Karmic and don't know that they need to install the new
>>> linux-firmware-nonfree package.
>>> A launchpad ticket has been opened for this issue:
>>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-firmware/+bug/446454
>>> Is there any chance we can get this moved back in time for Karmic so
>>> that users don't see a regression in functionality?  I would have
>>> gotten this straightened out sooner but was unaware of Ubuntu's
>>> intentions to move this stuff so late in the release cycle.
>>> Devin
>>> --
>>> Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs
>>> http://www.kernellabs.com
>> Anyone?
> patience

Certainly no disrespect intended, but in my experience on a high
volume mailing list if you don't get a response in the first 24 hours
(even if it's just an ACK), you're not going to.  If the kernel-team
ML members are more diligent in that regard, then that's good to hear.

For what it's worth, I got the firmware merged into dwm2's
linux-firmware tree, so now this is just down to a git PULL request
and removal from the nonfree package.


Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs

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