[Fedora-packaging] Firmware packaging

Matthias Saou thias at spam.spam.spam.spam.spam.spam.spam.egg.and.spam.freshrpms.net
Tue Feb 13 10:31:06 UTC 2007

Bill Nottingham wrote :

> Proposal:
> 1) Firmware packages are given the Group: tag of System Environment/Kernel
>    (unless we want to make up a new 'Firmware' tag)
> 2) The License tag for any firmware that disallows modification should
>    be set to:
> "Redistributable firmware, no modification permitted"
> Comments? Note that there is other firmware (zd* USB devices, etc) that
> is under GPL and wouldn't need this license tag.

Seems fine to me. Definitely a big win for end users, and not such a
bad compromise overall, although I'd prefer hardware vendors putting
firmwares back where they belong... in the hardware... for good, not on
every driver load ;-p

For the ipw2100 and ipw2200 firmwares, do updated written
permissions still need to be obtained from Intel, or do the current
ones match these new guidelines? (I'm asking because I always thought
they both were fine, but they weren't)


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