[Desktop_printing] PAPI for CUPS: Volunteers needed!

Giuseppe Ghibò ghibo at mandriva.com
Wed Jun 28 10:12:50 PDT 2006


Roger Leigh ha scritto:

>>WRT uploading firmware to a device (i.e. the firmware is not executed
>>by the driver), the GPL isn't an issue because the firmware is just
>>more data that is sent to the device.  The same firmware file could
>>be used on any platform you port the code to, and you don't need the
>>firmware source to recompile the driver.  You *do* need to allow
>>redistribution and modification of the firmware file, however, just
>>as documentation or image files in a package can be distributed and
>>modified.
> 
> 
> I think the situation gets a little muddier when you consider Section
> 3 of the GPL:
> 
> "The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
> making modifications to it."
> 
> For firmware, the "data" blob may likely /not/ be the preferred form
> for modification if it was created/generated from some other source.
> 

You mean section 3 of GPL2 or of GPLv3? (I was also thinking
to the TiVO box examples made for GPLv3, which IMHO seems pretty
close to these cases).

Bye
Giuseppe.



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