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[GNU-linux-libre] Re: PCMCIA .cis files

From: Alexandre Oliva
Subject: [GNU-linux-libre] Re: PCMCIA .cis files
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 02:31:16 -0200
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On Jan  5, 2011, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:

> What is Torvalds doing?

Word is that he's removing everything from within firmware/ on the next

> How does he justify not including the textual
> files in his Linux sources?

He doesn't.  Probably whoever split them out into the firmware/ tree
didn't even know about them at first.  The latest version claims they
were developed by the pcmcia-cs project.

> Does he say he is using them under the other license?

Nope.  firmware/WHENCE only mentions GPL.

> Does he say he has an arrangement to refer to the other site for the
> textual files?  Does he say that the binary files are sources?

Nope, none of this.

> If he has not addressed the issue, maybe you can poke him so he has
> to do so, and then whatever solution he uses might be good for us too.

A patch was posted that brought some sanity to the .cis files in Linux
last year (Sam mentioned it upthread), but it got nowhere.

Alexandre Oliva, freedom fighter
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Gandhi
Be Free! --   FSF Latin America board member
Free Software Evangelist      Red Hat Brazil Compiler Engineer

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