Subject: re: Bluetooth protocol code
To: matthew green <>
From: Iain Hibbert <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 12/15/2005 17:03:42
On Tue, 13 Dec 2005, Iain Hibbert wrote:

> On Tue, 13 Dec 2005, matthew green wrote:
> > is there legal reason that the microcode/firmware can't be in

[for 3Com Bluetooth PC Card]

> > the kernel?  or the source tree?  it should only go into
> > pkgsrc if it is absolutely necessary (eg, like the intel
> > wireless firmware.)  users shouldn't need to install pkgsrc
> > to make devices work in the normal case.
> I did not check - this 'legal issue' I have copied from FreeBSD and BlueZ
> protocol stacks. The firmware is copyright of 3Com certainly though
> whether they have objected to it being included in open source software or
> if nobody has asked I do not know.

I asked on FreeBSD bluetooth list about this, somebody over there did try
at one time to get permission to include the firmware code in FreeBSD but
they got nowhere with it, which probably meant nobody at 3Com was willing
to make that decision..

I will make it external again, been earning a crust this week so not much
activity though I did work through all the cosmetic suggestions..