[mythtv-users] Broadcom CrystalHD??

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 01:59:20 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM, Scott D. Davilla <davilla at 4pi.com> wrote:
>> http://dingleberry.me/2009/11/compile-xbmc-with-broadcom-crystalhd-support-o
>>  >>> n-linux/
>>>>>  And they are enjoying 1080p playback on a measly 1 GHz processor (that
>>>>> I
>>>>>  believe is seriously nerfed...).
>>>>  http://xbmc.org/davilla/2009/12/29/broadcom-crystal-hd-its-magic/
>>>>  game on :)
>>>  Great news!
>> Some still won't like this bit:
>> "Note: The binary firmware files included in the source archive
>> continue to be covered under Broadcom's standard software license
>> agreement and are not distributed either under the GPL or LGPL."
>> source http://www.broadcom.com/support/crystal_hd/
> Too bad, then they don't get to play and can proceed to tilt at windmills.
> That the above means is the firmware is not covered by GPL/LGPL. It's closed
> source but can be distributed with the above source code.
> In case anyone does not "get it" yet. This is the best it gets with open
> source code mixed with closed source IP.

Oh yeah I get it and wasn't complaining or criticising.

I questioned RMS about it during a talk he gave. His line is between a
'fixed' firmware, ie the built in electronics and logic to any device
on the one hand and uploadable firmware on the other. The former is OK
to be proprietary but the latter should be 'free'. I don't buy this.
He didn't agree and carried on with the talk...

Good work on all who had anything to do with getting this project out,
I believe you were one of them Scott. Cheers. I hope you didn't pend
too much family Xmas time on it! Even devs need a holiday.

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