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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] GPL and “All rights r eserved”

From: James Cloos
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] GPL and “All rights r eserved”
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 08:21:35 -0400
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>>>>> "KB" == Karl Berry <address@hidden> writes:

KB> Thanks.  The use of the word "mining" still confuses me,

I presume the idea is that searching for pre-images is not unlike
searching for ore in the ground.  And it puns well with the concept
of finding money/wealth by mining.

KB>     Most (all?) FPGA chips have undisclosed bitstream formats.

KB> I see, dimly.

The comparison to conventional chips would be one where the machine code
is undisclosed, but a beer-free assembler is provided, which generates
encrypted binaries.  The manufacturer's goal being to prevent their
competitors from producing a compatible chip.

So one could target that assembler with gcc, could partially port
binutils, but could not port gas.

James Cloos <address@hidden>         OpenPGP: 1024D/ED7DAEA6

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