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Re: [gNewSense-users] linux-libre .deb for AMD 64 bit

From: Patrik Lembke
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] linux-libre .deb for AMD 64 bit
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 14:49:46 +0200

On Wed, 27 May 2009 13:14:06 -0300 Leo <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Wednesday 27 May 2009 11:06:47 Quiliro Ordóñez wrote:
> > 2009/5/27 crap0101 <address@hidden>
> >
> > > Il giorno mer, 27/05/2009 alle 07.15 -0500, Quiliro Ordóñez ha scritto:
> > > > Have a user with a Broadcom BCM 4312 802.11b/g.
> >
> > I have realized  BCM 4312 uses non-free firmware. Is it a good idea to
> > install non-free firmware while I can get the owner a wireless card with a
> > fully libre driver?
> You can try OpenFWWF[0]; maybe you can make it work for that model. It is 
> never a good idea to use nonfree sofware.
> [0]

Sadly I think the OpenFWWF firmware still has non-free parts (from the
page you sent a link to):

"To make the firmware work properly you need at least 2 more files that
must be extracted from original Broadcom drivers:"

Until that is fixed I don't see how its much better to recommend

Hopefully this will get solved but until then I strongly recommend that
we do not recommend or use this firmware.

Patrik Lembke
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