cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Wed Nov 29 17:55:00 GMT 2006
On Sun, Nov 26, 2006 at 10:13:47PM -0500, Hubert Figuiere wrote:
> Colin Watson wrote:
> > madwifi: (dual-licensed) GPLed driver, but requires the HAL blobs
> > which have a no-modification licence. These are firmware, though
> > shipped as objects which end up as kernel modules.
> ath_hal is NOT a firmware. It is code that run in the kernel. It
> *taints* the kernel, it is at risk of posing stability and security
> problems inside the kernel. That make the whole madwifi driver non-free.
My apologies for mistakenly misrepresenting the position, but I did say
it was in restricted, which obviously implies non-freedom. I wasn't
attempting to imply that it could or should be in the main kernel, so
ease off a bit please. :-)
Colin Watson [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]
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