Potential nonfree code in Linux-libre

Alexandre Oliva lxoliva at fsfla.org
Fri Aug 27 04:29:07 UTC 2021

On Aug 23, 2021, Legimet <legimet.calc at gmail.com> wrote:

> "During initialize mode the device firmware may be patched," which
> seems to suggest that this is a firmware patch.

There was no doubt about it.

My uncertainty followed from having seen plenty of configuration data
files named firmware or microcode, and from having seen patches for such
configuration data.

Truth is, most people who deal with these files probably don't know and
don't care whether the bits stand for executable code.

So much of that that I've stopped regarding such terms as carrying any
implication that they necessarily refer to executable code.  It doesn't
rule it out as a possibility, but the use of these terms doesn't even
count as supporting evidence in my mind.

Anyhow, thanks again,

Alexandre Oliva, happy hacker                https://FSFLA.org/blogs/lxo/
   Free Software Activist                       GNU Toolchain Engineer
Disinformation flourishes because many people care deeply about injustice
but very few check the facts.  Ask me about <https://stallmansupport.org>

More information about the linux-libre mailing list