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Re: ipw2100: firmware problem

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Subject: Re: ipw2100: firmware problem
From: "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 12:54:19 -0700 (PDT)
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From: Dave Jones <davej@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 15:49:02 -0400

> FWIW, I agree, though the licensing of the Intel firmware
> prevents that iirc.  The biggest problem I face with this driver
> in Fedora kernels is users mismatching firmware rev with the
> driver version. Another problem that disappears if the two
> are shipped together.

Yep, this license definitely hurts users, in many many ways.

If this kind of external firmware requirement existed for a popular
SCSI controller, more people would be up in arms about this and
understand the issue more clearly.

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