[linux-dvb] [PATCH] Userspace tuner

Johannes Stezenbach js at linuxtv.org
Thu Sep 13 14:40:34 CEST 2007

On Thu, Sep 13, 2007, Markus Rechberger wrote:
> We currently have an implementation that works, although
> it works by downloading several firmwares for several devices 
> or even several countries. This is not what I want to have in 
> future since it's not needed and it's also hard to manage for
> distributors. All those differences could be adjusted by 
> software even without module parameter hacks.

This argument doesn't hold water. The unpleasant point
for users and distributors isn't the "binary-only"
thing, it's the "no right to distribute" problem.
And that's the same for firmware blobs or binary-only
userspace blobs.

IOW, if you can get the right to redistribute a binary-only
userspace blob which incudes the firmware inside, why
shouldn't you be able to get the right to redistribute
just the firmware?

Or the other way round: Do you think your binary-only software
will be important enough so distributors will go through
all the trouble of trying to get a license to include it in
their distribution? If so, why wouldn't they do the same
for the plain firmware blobs for in-kernel drivers?


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