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Fri, 17 Dec 2010

About non-free firmware

Paul Wise just pointed me to a very good explanation of the issue with non-free firmware files:

Updated qlogic 2400 and 2500 firmware to 5.03.13. What does 5.03.13 do? No one knows, except for QLogic, and they're not telling. I asked, and they told me that information was only available under NDA. So, I encourage you to imagine what this firmware does, and the bugs it fixes. While you're at it, imagine a world where vendors release source code for their firmware.

The source? No, not some ideologist, not even someone involved in Debian. It's a comment about an update of a firmware package in Fedora.

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.