Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Damyan Ivanov

* Package name : rt2860-source
Version : 1.7.0.0
Upstream Author : Ralink Tech Inc
* URL : http://www.ralinktech.com/
* License : GPL-2+ some binary non-free firmware
Programming Lang: C
Description : source for RT2860 wireless adapter kernel module

RT2860 is a wireless adapter found particularly in the ASUS EeePC model
901 and above. The package contains the source of a Linux kernel module
for it.


There may be some licensing problems and this is why I CC debian-legal.
All the sources are licensed under GPL-2+, except one file,
include/firmware.h, which is generated from a binary blob and contains
the following notice:

/*
Copyright (c) 2007, Ralink Technology Corporation
All rights reserved.

Redistribution. Redistribution and use in binary form, without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are
met:

* Redistributions must reproduce the above copyright notice and the
following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials
provided with the distribution.
* Neither the name of Ralink Technology Corporation nor the names of its
suppliers may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
software without specific prior written permission.
* No reverse engineering, decompilation, or disassembly of this software
is permitted.

Limited patent license. Ralink Technology 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, or in
combination with an operating system licensed under an approved Open
Source license as listed by the Open Source Initiative at
http://opensource.org/licenses. The patent license shall not apply to
any other combinations which include this software. No hardware per
se is licensed hereunder.

DISCLAIMER. THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND
CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND 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
COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT,
INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS
OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND
ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR
TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE
USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
DAMAGE.
*/
/* AUTO GEN PLEASE DO NOT MODIFY IT */
/* AUTO GEN PLEASE DO NOT MODIFY IT */


UCHAR FirmwareImage [] = {
0x02, 0x03, 0x5e, 0x02, 0x02, 0xb1, 0x22, 0x22, 0xff, 0xff, 0xff, 0x02, 0x01, 0x82, 0xff, 0xff,
..........

I did not yet check if this code is actually linked in the GPL-2+
module, but have a bad feeling it it does. Would a compiled GPL source,
including firmware.h be even distributable?

Perhaps the module can be changed to load its firmware from external
file or even not need that nasty firmware.h (there are traces of
support to other hardware and that firmware may be for them).


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dam



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