- 1 Reference at LinuxLibre log
- 2 What is the purpose of the device?
- 3 Who needs it?
- 4 How critical it is to get free support for it?
- 5 What is(are) the processor architecture(s) of this device?
- 6 Who is working on a free firmware implementation?
- 7 Links to online documentation
- 8 Where are the non-free firmware images made available?
- 9 What makes them non-free?
- 10 What else do we know about this device?
Reference at LinuxLibre log
ATM_AMBASSADOR - Madge Ambassador, Collage PCI 155 Server drivers/atm/ambassador.c: disabled non-Free firmware-loading machinery drivers/atm/ambassador.c: removed blobs firmware/atmsar11.HEX: removed blobs firmware/Makefile: dropped firmware/atmsar11.fw
What is the purpose of the device?
ATM Network card (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asynchronous_Transfer_Mode)
The Collage 155 PCI Server Adapter offers ATM connectivity for backbone corporate servers, providing the bandwidth to support data-intensive and multimedia applications. Based upon Madges own silicon technology for on-board Segmentation and Reassembly (SAR), the Collage 155 PCI Server adapter combines high throughput with industry-leading low CPU utilization. Simple installation and configuration tools reduce implementation and support costs. Features include: * Fully ATM standards compliant for guaranteed interoperability * High throughput and low server CPU utilization * Token Ring and Ethernet LAN Emulation, Classical IP and Winsock 2.0 support * Multimode Fiber or UTP Cat 5 interfaces
Who needs it?
(which computer models use this device or which niche users usually buy such peripherals?)
How critical it is to get free support for it?
(Is it a very popular device that requires us to prioritize efforts?)
What is(are) the processor architecture(s) of this device?
Who is working on a free firmware implementation?
Links to online documentation
(i.e. datasheets, developer's guides, official or non-official specifications, etc)
Where are the non-free firmware images made available?
(usually here we would want an url to the manufacturer's firmware download webpage)
What makes them non-free?
(describe clearly the specific reasons for it being considered non-free)
File: firmware/atmsar11.fw Licence: Allegedly GPLv2+, but no source visible. Marked: Madge Ambassador ATM Adapter microcode. Copyright (C) 1995-1999 Madge Networks Ltd. This microcode data is placed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The GPL is contained in /usr/doc/copyright/GPL on a Debian system and in the file COPYING in the Linux kernel source. We would prefer you not to distribute modified versions without consultation and not to ask for assembly/other microcode source.
What else do we know about this device?
(any further info that might help the creation of free firmware for it)
- The driver source code (drivers/atm/ambassador.c) cointains lots of comments describing the interactions between the driver and the microcode.