[linux-dvb] Firmware files centralization

Johannes Stezenbach js at linuxtv.org
Mon Feb 6 21:59:04 CET 2006

On Mon, Feb 06, 2006, Anssi Hannula wrote:
> matthieu castet wrote:

> > I wonder if all firmware have a licence that allow to distribute them on
> > an external server.
> Maybe not, but they have been provided in linuxtv.org on the "until
> someone complains" (...why vendor would file a complaint on good
> availability of firmware for linux?) basis.

"someone complains" nowadays usually comes with a huge
fee for some lawyer. Back in the days where Convergence
hosted the server it didn't matter much, but ever since
the server went private I had a bad feeling about this.

> All the files except dvb-fe-sp8870.fw and dvb-fe-nxt2004.fw are already
> provided in the download section or in the CVS. I'm just asking if they
> could all be placed in a same place.

It would be cool if someone would offer some download
space on a different server. I'd like to get rid of
firmware binaries on linuxtv.org altogether
(except when we get a written permission from the
copyright holders to redistribute the files.)

Otherwise get_dvb_firmware is the way to go: Grab
firmwares from the hardware vendor's download sites.


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