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Is this license ok with APL? What about the limited patent clause? What does it even mean? We are not OSI approved.

This file holds a firmware image, rest of the driver code is from FreeBSD.

/*
 Copyright (c) 2007, Ralink Technology Corporation
 All rights reserved.

 Redistribution.  Redistribution and use in binary form, without
 modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are
 met:

     * Redistributions must reproduce the above copyright notice and the
     following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials
     provided with the distribution.
     * Neither the name of Ralink Technology Corporation nor the names of its
     suppliers may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
     software without specific prior written permission.
     * No reverse engineering, decompilation, or disassembly of this software
     is permitted.

 Limited patent license. Ralink Technology Corporation grants a world-wide,
 royalty-free, non-exclusive license under patents it now or hereafter
 owns or controls to make, have made, use, import, offer to sell and
 sell ("Utilize") this software, but solely to the extent that any
 such patent is necessary to Utilize the software alone, or in
 combination with an operating system licensed under an approved Open
 Source license as listed by the Open Source Initiative at
 http://opensource.org/licenses.  The patent license shall not apply to
 any other combinations which include this software.  No hardware per
 se is licensed hereunder.

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 BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
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 COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT,
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 ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR
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Apart from the patent paragraph, it's a fairly standard BSD-like licence, which should be no problem with APL or GPL.

The patent paragraph is unusual, and I don't really know what to make of it. Do we need a patent licence to redistribute redistributable freeware?

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Strictly speaking the firmware image is not always needed as once loaded to the device it stays in the device. Tried that with PIC32MX and I was able to blink the leds without first uploading the image.

User could also download the image file from Ralinks site if it can't be included and driver would load it from disk.

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DizzyOfCRN wrote:
Strictly speaking the firmware image is not always needed as once loaded to the device it stays in the device.


Even when power is removed? If so, why doesn't the device ship with the firmware installed?

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Yes, even when unplugged. As I see it this is the same with all such devices. The firmware is first send to the devices RAM and then the device is instructed to copy it from RAM to EEPROM. This takes a bit of time to do.

This will allow for firmware upgrade, don't know why but W7 driver always just loads new firmware even if the device already has a image.

Driver can query the device and ask if it has a firmware.

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