license question about linux-ubuntu-modules

Bug #159933 reported by Kenshi Muto
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux-firmware (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22 (Ubuntu)
Won't Fix

Bug Description

Binary package hint: linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-14-generic


I installed Gusty 7.10 to see how Ubuntu solves distributing firmwares.

I found Gusty had many firmwares in /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/ubuntu by using linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-14-generic package (this package is 'main').

Strangely /usr/share/doc/linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-14-generic/copyright seems of kernel, not of each firmwares. I downloaded the source of package and there were different licenses of firmwares.
As far as I know some of these firmwares such as ipw* have a specific issue about redistribution.
Is this really OK to distribute this package without any permissions under GPL?


Revision history for this message
Andreas Gnau (rondom) wrote :

I'm pretty sure not all of these firmwares may be distributed unter the GPL.

If I understood it correctly this is true for the zd1211-firmware. See

Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
status: New → Confirmed
Daniel Hahler (blueyed)
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
assignee: nobody → ubuntu-kernel-team
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Revision history for this message
Leann Ogasawara (leannogasawara) wrote :

I believe this has been addressed with the linux-firwmare package.

Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote : Kernel team bugs

Per a decision made by the Ubuntu Kernel Team, bugs will longer be assigned to the ubuntu-kernel-team in Launchpad as part of the bug triage process. The ubuntu-kernel-team is being unassigned from this bug report. Refer to for more information. Thanks.

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