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Date:	Fri, 4 Jul 2008 22:04:44 +0100
From:	Alan Cox <alan@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>
To:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
Cc:	jeff@...zik.org, dwmw2@...radead.org, andi@...stfloor.org,
	tytso@....edu, hugh@...itas.com, akpm@...ux-foundation.org,
	kosaki.motohiro@...fujitsu.com, mchan@...adcom.com,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-mm@...ck.org,
	netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [bug?] tg3: Failed to load firmware "tigon/tg3_tso.bin"

> External firmware is by design an error prone system, even with
> versioning.  But by being built and linked into the driver, it
> is fool proof.
> 
> On a technical basis alone, we would never disconnect a crucial
> component such as firmware, from the driver.  The only thing
> charging these transoformations, from day one, is legal concerns.

As I said: We had this argument ten years ago (more than that now
actually). People said the same thing about modules.

Alan
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