[Fedora-packaging] Firmware packaging, v2

Thorsten Leemhuis fedora at leemhuis.info
Mon Feb 26 14:58:08 UTC 2007

On 26.02.2007 15:01, Rex Dieter wrote:
> Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
>> On 26.02.2007 14:27, seth vidal wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2007-02-26 at 04:29 -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>>>> On Feb 23, 2007, Bill Nottingham <notting at redhat.com> wrote:
>>>>> 1) Firmware packages are given the Group: tag of Firmware
>>>>> 2) The License tag for any firmware that disallows modification should
>>>>>    be set to:
>>>>>    "Redistributable firmware, no modification permitted"
>>>> Any chance of getting all non-Free firmware to Require: some empty
>>>> package (say freedom-loss or proprietary-crap :-) such that:
>>>> - one could yum erase this package and end up without any non-Free
>>>> Software installed, and
>>>> - one could easily veirfy that custom distros with a subset of the
>>>> complete Fedora package set don't include any such proprietary
>>>> packages?
>>> I actually like this idea.
>> +1 -- but the kernel IIRC includes a lot of firmware files directly. Are 
>> there any efforts to strip those out?
> kernel doesn't include non-free ones (I hope).

Well, sure, the firmwares in the kernel are are GPL, but are they really 
"non-free"? That afaics depends on the definition of "free".

Anyway, it's not that important for Fedora now, it was more a general 


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