Re: Binary-only firmware covered by the GPL?

From: Stefan Smietanowski
Date: Thu Mar 25 2004 - 18:11:14 EST

Jeff Garzik wrote:

Well IANAL, but it seems not so cut-n-dried, at least.

Firmware is a program that executes on another processor, so no linking is taking place at all. It is analagous to shipping a binary-only program in your initrd, IMO.

Except the firmware itself is GPL in this case.

// Stefan
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