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Date:	Sun, 18 Dec 2011 10:59:50 -0800
From:	Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...il.com>
To:	Ben Hutchings <ben@...adent.org.uk>
Cc:	Intel SCU Linux support <intel-linux-scu@...el.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-scsi@...r.kernel.org,
	David Woodhouse <dwmw2@...radead.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH linux-firmware] isci: Add firmware blob and sources

On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM, Ben Hutchings <ben@...adent.org.uk> wrote:
> isci requires a parameter blob which is usually found in NVRAM, but it
> can fall back to loading with request_firmware().  These files are
> taken from the Linux source tree where they were wrongly added in
> Linux 3.0.

Oh, I was of the impression that the external firmware tree was for
license incompatible firmware images?

> ---
> I'm a bit unclear on the purpose and use of isci_firmware.bin.  Is it
> needed for production hardware?

It's a stop gap for platforms with missing or broken oem parameters.
It is meant to become vestigial once the platform revisions quiet
down.

> Does it need to be customised
> per-system, or are module parameters sufficient for that?  (If not, why
> isn't it built into the driver?)

It is customized per system to meet EMI and signal integrity targets
of a given platform.

> probe_roms.h is labelled with a dual BSD/GPLv2 licence but the other
> files had no licence header so I've treated them as GPLv2 by default.

The latest version of probe_roms.h [1] supports the v1.3 oem parameter
format, this patch appears to be v1.0 based.

Regards,
Dan

[1]: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/djbw/isci.git;a=blob;f=drivers/scsi/isci/probe_roms.h;hb=refs/heads/fixes
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