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Re: [gNewSense-users] re:ipw3945 binary license

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] re:ipw3945 binary license
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 09:10:57 -0800

2010/1/31 Dmitry Samoyloff <address@hidden>:
> michael wrote:
>> To gnewsense users:
>> I did some investigation of the license for intel ipw3945.
>> The sttached .html is from their web-site. I hope this helps.
>> Michael
>>Q. Why don't you allow modification and re-engineering of the binaries?
>>A. To operate a radio device, the hardware/firmware combination needs to be
>>FCC (and equivalent in other countries) certified; this excludes end user
>>modification which would void the certification.
> Sounds like a bullsh%t to me. Why then we have libre Wi-fi drivers at all?

I agree, but it seems to be a common theme: See "Addressing vendor
concerns" at [1].

Attorneys at the Software Freedom Law Center performed their own
analysis at [2].


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