Fixing the glibc adobe flash incompatibility

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Sat Nov 20 11:05:17 UTC 2010


Hi,

On 11/19/2010 10:39 AM, Richard Zidlicky wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 06:28:58PM +0100, Kevin Kofler wrote:
>
> thanks for looking at it.
>
>>> However for some of the reports it is only the matter of someone looking
>>> at them as they contain the obvious solution to the problem.
>>>
>>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=595165
>>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=582013
>>
>> The solution is not obvious at all: to include firmware, we need a license
>> which allows that in the first place. The Ubuntu mailing list link you
>> posted to one of your reports does not include any actual license, only
>> talks about some license existing somewhere (which don't even tell us
>> whether that license is acceptable for Fedora in the first place – we're
>> quite tolerant when it comes to firmware licenses, but there are some
>> restrictions which are unacceptable even for firmware, e.g. forbidding any
>> commercial use).
>>
>> Plus, this is not actually an issue with Free Software, but with the lack of
>> some proprietary firmware.
>
> it is against free in kernel drivers and the bugs have been rotting in bugzilla
> for the lifecycle of F11 and F12 without anyone even asking for info or anything.
>
>> And finally, those bugs should be filed against linux-firmware, not kernel.
>
> I will file it with the correct package the next time when I confirm this is still
> an issue.

Note, I've mailed Steven Toth (the owner of the website where the firmware is hosted)
asking him if he can provide us with a clear license document for these firmwares. I've
also indicated that it would be even better if the could get them into linux-firmware
upstream.

Regards,

Hans


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