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Old 02-10-2008, 12:48 AM
Joey Hess
 
Default Bug#464954: ITP: ixp4xx-microcode -- non-free firmware for the ixp4xx ethernet

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

The nslu2 needs non-free firmware for its ethernet. This is currently
distributed in the d-i installation images on slug-firmware.net.

The firmware can be downloaded from
<http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProductID=2100&DwnldID=1295 4&strOSs=All&OSFullName=All%20Operating%20Systems& lang=eng>

A change in the license means it's free enough for er, non-free.

INTEL(R) SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT

Copyright (c) 2007, Intel Corporation.
All rights reserved.

Redistribution. Redistribution and use in binary form, without modification, are permitted
provided that the following conditions are met:
o Redistributions must reproduce the above copyright notice and the following disclaimer in the
documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
o Neither the name of Intel Corporation nor the names of its suppliers may be used to endorse
or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
o No reverse engineering, decompilation, or disassembly of this software is permitted.

Limited patent license. Intel Corporation grants a world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive
license under patents it now or hereafter owns or controls to make, have made, use, import,
offer to sell and sell (.Utilize.) this software, but solely to the extent that any such patent is
necessary to Utilize the software alone. The patent license shall not apply to any combinations
which include this software. No hardware per se is licensed hereunder.
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ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
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GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND
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OF SUCH DAMAGE.

The firmware is distributed by intel in the form of some C files containing a
lot of binary dataa. (Which is why the license refers to "in binary form".)
This is compiled into /lib/firmware/NPE-B using IxNpeMicrocode.h and a
Makefile, which can be downloaded from the openwrt svn repo at:
https://svn.openwrt.org/openwrt/trunk/package/ixp4xx-microcode/

IxNpeMicrocode.h is licensed under the GPL. Which seems problimatic,
since it is #included by IxNpeMicrocode.c, which has the above license.
Is this license GPL compatible? The prohibition on reverse engineering does
not seem GPL compatible. I've mailed Christian Hohnstaedt, author of
IxNpeMicrocode.h, to see if I can get that cleared up.

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see shy jo
 

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