[packman] Vivante graphics drivers

Guido Berhoerster guido+links2linux.de at berhoerster.name
Sun Jun 8 18:00:33 CEST 2014

* Josua Mayer <josua.mayer97 at gmail.com> [2014-06-08 16:12]:
> Let me expand on the licenses now:
> SECTION 1 Freescale Binary package for Vivante GPUs
> First, the header files specific copyright notices:
> 1) Vivante headers for Vivante HAL Library
> They have a copyright header that basically says: "Do not give to anyone
> without explicit permission".
> 2) Vivante headers for wayland
> They dont have any copyright notices ....
> 3) The other headers for OpenGL, VG, EGL, ...
> They all have headers that make them either MIT or SGI Free Software B
> License Version 2.0
> The package that freescale made of these has an EULA that I have
> attached to this mail.
> One important section is this:
> "If the Licensed Software includes proprietary software developed by
> Vivante, your distribution rights are restricted to providing the
> Licensed Software in object code (machine readable), and only as part of,
> or embedded within, Authorized Systems that include a Vivante Graphics
> Processing Unit."
> This applies, I believe, to the HAL headers, and all the binary blobs.
> SECTION 2 Xorg Driver
> 1) That driver is opensource and contains MIT and GPL-2.0+ headers
> 2) it requires the Vivante HAL headers for building

Is that part of a development kit?  Because that does not seem to
be an EULA but rather a license agreement targeted at developers
or systems integrators, so it is not clear if it even applies to
Packman. And even if it did, as you quote above, it only allows
the redistribution if bundled with a product that uses their
hardware. Based on that it does not seem possible for Packman to
legally redistribute a package containing these drivers.
You could try to look for drivers targeted at end users and see
if they have less restrictive license terms or contact the
company and ask for a permission to redistribute the drivers in
the form of an packages at Packman.
Guido Berhoerster

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