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Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: Detecting sourceless firmware

From: Brian Brazil
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: Detecting sourceless firmware
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:17:26 +0100

On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 11:08 AM, Markus Laire <address@hidden> wrote:
Brian Brazil wrote:

On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:33 AM, Markus Laire <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>   Also, do you mean by "you should be looking at the entire file in
>   any case" only checking the whole file for sourceless blobs, or also
>   something else (e.g. whether there are additional license details
>   somewhere else than in first comment)?

Yes, also checking for other license details. I'd be very suprised if there's something non-free (by Linux's definition) in the license header, but caveats in the actual code might have snuck in.

That is nice ideal, but I doubt whether this project will (for the forseeable future) have enough manpower and will to actually read through everything contained in Linux Kernel (>260MB at the moment).

That doesn't mean we shouldn't do it though. Heurstics can only get you so far, reading through everything is the only way to be sure.


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