PCMCIA .cis files

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at fsfla.org
Thu Jan 13 04:31:16 UTC 2011

On Jan  5, 2011, Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> wrote:

> What is Torvalds doing?

Word is that he's removing everything from within firmware/ on the next

> How does he justify not including the textual
> files in his Linux sources?

He doesn't.  Probably whoever split them out into the firmware/ tree
didn't even know about them at first.  The latest version claims they
were developed by the pcmcia-cs project.

> Does he say he is using them under the other license?

Nope.  firmware/WHENCE only mentions GPL.

> Does he say he has an arrangement to refer to the other site for the
> textual files?  Does he say that the binary files are sources?

Nope, none of this.

> If he has not addressed the issue, maybe you can poke him so he has
> to do so, and then whatever solution he uses might be good for us too.

A patch was posted that brought some sanity to the .cis files in Linux
last year (Sam mentioned it upthread), but it got nowhere.

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