[linux-audio-dev] Request to audio related LiveCD packagers

Jens M Andreasen jens.andreasen at chello.se
Tue May 4 17:32:48 UTC 2004

On tis, 2004-05-04 at 11:03, Andrea Glorioso wrote:
> >>>>> "Jens" == Jens M Andreasen <Jens> writes:
>     > Hi!  Am I the only one to believe that this firmware discussion
>     > is getting a bit out of touch? I mean, the firmware is not
>     > running inside a gnu system, right? It is running on an external
>     > device.
> It depends on what you mean for "gnu system" and for "external
> device".  Care to elaborate?

The gnu system runs from the kernel and upwards. The external devices
are from the bios and downwards.

>     > I can't see how uploading binary firmware would be different
>     > from relaying encrypted mail.
> I can't see how they might be related, so either you explain that to
> me or I fear we'll have a communication problem. :)

The firmware could be soundfont data compressed by a propiatary
algorithm thus "encrypted"  

Wether the decryption algorithm is binarily distributed along with the
firmware or burned in an eprom or hardwired in silicone doesn't change

The algorithm is still as unreadable as an encrypted mail, and the
firmware loader is just passing an encrypted message to the underworld
beneith the bios. 


> bye,
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