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Re: [gNewSense-users] Freeness of rt61

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Freeness of rt61
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 21:01:50 +1030
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Yoni Rabkin Katzenell wrote:
Karl Goetz <address@hidden> writes:

Hi all.
Can someone confirm wether they get this same dmesg output when
loading the rt61 kernel module?

Jan 23 19:15:53 localhost kernel: [17261763.564000] rt61: module
license 'unspecified' taints kernel.

if they do, i'll be off to file a bug to kill off my wireless :\

I get that too:

[17233741.724000] rt61: module license 'unspecified' taints kernel.

In rt61-1.1.0-b1/Module/rt_config.h we have:

#define RT2561_IMAGE_FILE_NAME      "/etc/Wireless/RT61STA/rt2561.bin"
#define RT2561S_IMAGE_FILE_NAME     "/etc/Wireless/RT61STA/rt2561s.bin"
#define RT2661_IMAGE_FILE_NAME      "/etc/Wireless/RT61STA/rt2661.bin"

Which references the three blobs of binary firmware shipped with the
otherwise GPL'd driver.

Although it references them, i don't have an /etc/Wireless directory, so i don't have the files. (locate agrees about them not being there).

i don't understand how the warning is generated (from kernel/module.c ) either, so i cant work out why it says that. the only file in the directory ( linux-source-2.6.15-2.6.15/drivers/net/wireless/rt2600 ) without the GPL licence block is md5.h, which is called directly from md5.c. Is it possible the warning is legacy?


Karl Goetz
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