[Trisquel-users] Atheros 9271 chipset "libre" but "non-free" in Debian - why ?

jason at bluehome.net jason at bluehome.net
Sun Jul 7 15:33:04 CEST 2019


That's because the firmware used to be non-free. And get this: Even though  
the free firmware appeared in March 2013 -- over 6 years ago -- the free  
version only appeared in a Debian release with version 10, Buster. So much  
for a distro that's supposed to care about matters such as software freedom,  
huh?

Anyway, the package containing the free version of the firmware is  
firmware-ath9k-htc. If you have installed firmware-atheros then you really  
have installed non-free software -- please remove it. We don't have the  
source code or a free license for that version; only the newer one in  
firmware-ath9k-htc.


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