Contributed by rueda on from the Realtek^H^H^Hpolitik dept.
As a result of a licence change by
that company's wireless firmware images are now included in the tree.
by Kevin Lo (
explains the details:
CVSROOT: /cvs Module name: src Changes by: email@example.com 2021/10/03 19:29:57 Added files: sys/dev/microcode/rsu: microcode.h rsu-license sys/dev/microcode/rtwn: microcode.h rtwn-license sys/dev/microcode/urtwn: microcode.h urtwn-license Log message: Permission from Realtek to include wireless firmwares After deraadt@ explained why the Realtek firmware cannot be put into our tree, I reached out to Realtek to explain the situation. According to the LICENCE.rtlwifi_firmware.txt , the rules permitted adding their non-open-source firmware into open source operating systems but such an addition (ironically) makes that open source operating system not entirely open source. Realtek understood the irony, and change the license. Thanks to Realtek for this change which lets us put the firmware .h file into our tree, this means Realtek wireless will work without requiring a firmware download (which is difficult over a non-working Realtek network :)  https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git/tree/LICENCE.rtlwifi_firmware.txt?id=0f863ff1b388ad5b0f7d25decdbb642#n22 ok deraadt@
Thanks to Realtek, Kevin, and Theo!This change should be particularly welcome with users of the popular urtwn(4) devices.
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By Will Backman (bitgeist) firstname.lastname@example.org on http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com
Nice! So glad they were willing to make the change to their license.