Subject: Re: binary blobs
To: Michael Lorenz <>
From: Thomas E. Spanjaard <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/06/2007 21:20:01
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Michael Lorenz wrote:
> On Feb 6, 2007, at 14:00, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>>> Speaking of BLOBs, there have been one the the VAX distribution since 
>>> atleast BSD 4.3 days, and that is the patch to the microcode for the 
>>> VAX-11/750. :-)
> Then there's firmware for various SCSI and FC HBAs ( think esiop, isp 
> and the like ) - just have a look at src/sys/dev/microcode/

Those are not driver-BLOBs which the OP referred to as I understood it. 
Firmware does not use the host processor, and CPU microcode updates 
don't really 'run' on the host CPU either, just the host CPU's 
instruction decoder ;).

         Thomas E. Spanjaard

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