On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 21:04:17 +0100, Bryan O'Donoghue <bryano at europlex.ie>
> Either a system is Open or it's not, after that all that is happening is
> an argument over a shade of grey.
>> I disagree that using something like a VESA frame buffer under Linux
>>http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/VESA%20BIOS%20Extensions>> where the source code to the firmware bios on the video card in question
> is *not* available is anything but a semantic distinction in your
> argument. I don't think that makes me a 'heretic' but, I do think that
> the thought process is logical. Perhaps you don't and if you don't the
> please do point out the flaw.
Dude. Take a breath.
Nobody is saying that bios and microcode should be open source. I might
be nice if they were, but the kernel and user space don't link to them.
NVIDIA drivers (no matter what Linus may or may not have hinted at or
said) are breaking the GPL.
> I happen to have an IXP425BD on my desk.
Bryan, you're probably putting a 2.4 kernel on that thing. Intel with
MontaVista are hard at work getting a 2.6 version of the AccessLibrary
out. If it's not too late in your project, you might want to consider
using a 2.6 kernel - it could help in many ways. Russell King doesn't
have the bandwidth to support 2.6 and 2.4.
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