[packman] [PM] b43-firmware (openSUSE 11.2/noarch)

Larry Finger Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net
Wed Apr 21 19:41:50 CEST 2010


Although I agree that these firmware files should be easily available,
and that Broadcom is very unreasonable in not allowing redistribution of
their firmware, the fact remains that these RPMs are probably in
violation of Broadcom's copyright. Unless you have their express
permission to make these files available, they should be removed.

We have been extra careful not to violate Broadcom's intellectual
property while doing the reverse engineering of the bcm43xx, b43, and
b43legacy drivers. We work only from material that has been posted on a
public site. That is why the development team only provides fwcutter to
extract firmware from publicly-available Broadcom drivers, and not the
firmware files themselves.



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