--- Comment #3 from Hans de Goede <j.w.r.degoede(a)hhs.nl> 2009-08-31 15:58:37 ---
(In reply to comment #1)
I don't understand what is nonfree here ?
firmwares that aren't aimed to run on cpu (but hardware device) are allowed in
fedora as an exception despite been nonfree.
Then, As the loader is GPLv2+ it should be allowed in fedora as other firmware
loader are... (such as alsa-tools-firmware).
So this have to be splited between the loader and the firmware, (and both can
go to fedora). That been said, maybe the driver could use the kernel firmware
loading functions instead of this special loader, but that's another subject.
What is non free here is that we have no License Document saying these firmware
files are freely redistributable. We don't have anything saying the contrary
either, so after discussing this with Pix (our ftpmaster if you want) and
getting an ok from him, I've submitted this. But it is definitely not suitable
As for this being part of the driver, the uvc driver is a driver for all new
standard webcams. Think usb mass storage but then for video. Except these
webcams are like very special usb-stick which will only talk mass storage
protocol after giving them some firmware. Most braindead design ever make your
device use a standardized hardware interface but only after it has been hit
with some proprietary commands, great huh. I'm in contact with the UVC driver
author and he definitely does not want to pollute the generic UVC driver with
custom crap for these broken devices.
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